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Spectrum Scale Press Release

Power Systems

Today’s business leaders demand servers designed for big data that are optimized, secure, and adapt to changing workload requirements. IBM Power Systems offer servers built with open technologies and designed for mission-critical data applications. Power Systems leverages technology from the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open technology ecosystem that uses the IBM POWER architecture to help meet the evolving needs of big data applications. The combination of Power Systems with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) provides users with a highly efficient platform that provides leadership performance for big data workloads like Hadoop and Spark.

Power Systems servers are designed for big data, with key architectural features that enhance its performance for data intensive workloads:


  • Four times the threads as x86 processors

  • Four times the memory bandwidth as x86 processors

  • Six times the cache as x86 processors

These design decisions result in superb performance for data-centric workloads, such as database, Hadoop, and Spark analytics.

Watch the address by James Wade of Florida Blue, discussing how the partnership between Hortonworks and the IBM Power Systems group was a good fit with Florida Blue’s decision on using open source technology for building out their IT platform, recorded at IBM Edge 2016.

Florida Blue transforms their business with MongoDB & Hortonworks on IBM Power Systems.

See how IBM Power Systems, built with the open innovation of POWER8 work in this overview.

Spectrum Scale

Enterprises and organizations are creating, analyzing and keeping more data than ever before. Those that can deliver insights faster while managing rapid infrastructure growth are the leaders in their industry. And to deliver those insights, an organization’s underlying storage must support both new-era big data and traditional applications with security, reliability and high-performance. To handle massive unstructured data growth, the solution must scale seamlessly while matching data value to the capabilities and costs of different storage tiers and types. IBM® Spectrum Scale™ meets these challenges. It is a high-performance parallel file system for managing data at scale with the distinctive ability to perform archive and analytics in place.

IBM Spectrum Scale is software-defined storage for high performance, large scale workloads on-premises or in the cloud.

IBM Spectrum Scale: Software defined storage for new era workloads

HDP Certifications

HDP - HDP Certified badge indicates this partner’s solution has been certified to work with HDP; reviewed for architectural best practices and validated against a comprehensive suite of integration test cases, benchmarked for scale under varied workloads and comprehensively documented.

Yarn Ready - Apache Hadoop YARN is the data operating system for Hadoop 2. YARN Ready certification recognizes applications that integrate with YARN and process data via pushdown computation to the cluster. Examples of a YARN ready solution includes an application that has native YARN application master or leverages scale-out capabilities of the platform like Hive, Spark and MR2.

Security Ready - Apache Hadoop is secured with a number of technologies, such as Kerberos, Apache Knox, and Apache Ranger. Security Ready certification recognizes applications that can integrate with Kerberos-enabled HDP cluster and supports HDFS encryption and user impersonation.