IBM to launch new Big Data program, according to report
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IBM to launch new Big Data program, according to report

Among the biggest trends in information technology today is Big Data, which gives companies the chance to harness information in new ways. According to a recent article in All Things Digital, IBM is one of the latest firms to explore this area, with a new product expected to be introduced in the next few days.

The source reports that Big Blue will launch a system, known within the company as "Project Sparta," one of the new products that has been created as a result of a $2 billion, four year effort to improve research and development as part of the PureSystems program. The source states that IBM is likely to officially make the announcement of the new product at an event in Boston on October 9.

Before the most recent offering, IBM came out with the PureFlex and PureApplications in conjunction with the PureSystems initiative. The former has networking, data storage, and other features that can be installed easily into a data center, while the latter is a program for web transactions and database functions. All Things Digital stated that the PureSystems program was created in an effort to compete with Oracle, which is selling an "Exa" line of products

In a recent statement, IBM's senior vice president and group executive of software and systems, Steve Mills, said that the PureSystems program was meant to better connect machines and give people better access to information from remote locations.

"With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represents an important advance in the evolution of computing," said Mills, in the release."By tightening the connections between hardware and software, and adding incomparable software know-how, PureSystems is designed to help clients free up time and money to focus on innovation"

IBM has been making other investments in products for business clients. Last month, the company introduced Connections 4.0, an enterprise social networking program. The system will allow better collaboration among workers and give users the chance to integrate existing business items such as calenders and emails.