IBM’s ‘Project Sparta’

by Leonardo S
I chose the article titled “IBM Readies ‘Project Sparta’  Aimed at Simplifying Big Data” written by Arik Hesseldahl.   In this article, Hesseldahl talks about the next new product expected to be released from IBM. This will be the third product in a product line that was announced earlier this year. Back in April of this year, IBM announced its PureSystems line who’s goal is to consolidate computing tools into one line of products. The first product announced, PureFlex, was designed to easily cater to the computing, data storage, systems management, and networking needs of a data center.  The second product, PureApplications, deals with database and Web transactions.  The highly anticipated next entry to the product line known for now as “Project Sparta” is expected to be announced during IBM’s company event on October 9.

This article fits with what we have discussed in class in that it talks about the simplification of database management. One of the cons of making and maintaining a data center is that you often need to get many pieces of software from different vendors. The consolidation of all these necessities by IBM means that it will be much easier to get all the required tools from one vendor rather than having to pick and choose from many others.

One interesting thing about the PureSystems line from IBM is that it is apparently the product of four years of research and development which has cost about $2 billion dollars. This information brings to light how important it is to have efficient applications in order to work with big data.

Arik Hesseldahl. (September 28, 2012). IBM Readies “Project Sparta” Aimed at Simplifying Big Data. In AllThingsD. Retrieved September 30, 2012, from

3 thoughts on “IBM’s ‘Project Sparta’”

  1. After reading your blog, I am quite interesting in IBM’s Project Sparta. The last two products that were released by IBM sought out to help with computing, data storage, management, and web transactions. If IBM has put in as much money as $2 billion dollars, it must be a pretty hefty project in the works. I look forward to seeing what new things it brings to the table and the impact it will have on bid data.

  2. I can’t wait to see what IBM has in store for the next couple of months. With already a software to manage the hard department and the other as the software department, I wonder what ‘Sparta’ is capable of doing. Perhaps its capable of doing both? I guess we’ll just have to see. Thanks for sharing.

  3. As the leader in the space of big data, IBM says “Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone”, and how to manage such a enormous amount of data (Volume), analyze them in real-time (Velocity), handle all types including images and videos (Variety), and help business act upon correct information and make good decisions (Veracity) is the “art of the possible”.

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