IBM announced support for the open source Apache Spark project, giving another boost to this increasingly popular in-memory data processing framework. Spark both complements and — in some cases — competes with the big data power of the better-known Apache Hadoop.
As businesses continue to look for data-based approaches to their work, technology vendors are rushing to support promising open source projects, and to differentiate themselves from competitors. Can IBM gain credibility through association with Spark, and can the open source project benefit from Big Blue’s experience, customer-base, and bank balance?
Author: Paul Miller