IBM is not sitting by while others profit from managing and analyzing big data. The organization plans a bigger push into data crunching by opening a new technology center in San Francisco dedicated to a trendy technology. This interesting topic came from Fortune magazine in their article, “Why IBM is betting big on this new big data technology.”

In a recent online video, Rob Thomas, Vice President of Product Development for Big Data and Analytics, said the new center will eventually house “hundreds of people” working primarily with a free technology known as Spark. This video was taken down shortly after airing, but it didn’t go unnoticed.

Spark lets businesses process data more quickly than what is currently possible using another open-source technology known as Hadoop. It’s this ability to process data that has caught IBM’s attention. The 100-year old company has been public with its support for the technology.

Melody K. Smith

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