IBM inks deal with Inspur to offer Big Data and Analytics in China

IBM has joined hands with Inspur to offer Big Data and Analytics and transaction processing solutions to customers and ISVs in China.

China is an important market for IBM Big Data and Analytics solutions.

IDC says the Big Data technology and services market in China will grow at 38.7 percent compound annual growth rate from $165.5 million to $850 million by 2017.

The two companies have collaborated and enabled IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere Application Server software to operate on Inspur TS K1 Systems. Inspur will leverage an OpenPOWER Foundation reference design and capabilities to create innovative system solutions.

IBM DB2 and Websphere Application Server software are available on Inspur TS K1 Systems, a mission critical server autonomously developed by China. Inspur will recommend IBM’s DB2 with BLU Acceleration and WebSphere Application Server software as the preferred middleware platform for new projects using Inspur’s TS K1Systems platform.

The IBM software platform, combined with Inspur’s advanced technology of TS K1 Systems, can offer client value across all industries and create a competitive edge for customers in China by making it simpler, faster and more economical when compared to alternative software platforms that analyze massive amounts of data and process transactions.

Inspur will recruit a strategic ecosystem of partners to adopt the DB2 and WebSphere platform. Some of Inspur’s strategic software partners have already started porting to IBM middleware. IBM and Inspur also will jointly develop a Center of Excellence to support the ISVs and customers for this new platform.

IBM’s development laboratory in Beijing will optimize the platform for specific partner requirements and to develop new analytical applications. The agreement will help speed time-to-value for Big Data projects.

In addition, IBM will support Inspur’s development of OpenPOWER Foundation based system solutions. IBM will make available its new POWER8 processors, support chips, and technical assistance and support services to help Inspur design its systems. Inspur will use system reference design materials provided through the OpenPOWER Foundation, and open source firmware and software available through open source communities.

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