IBM Offers New Big Data Appliance for Internet of Things

IBM Offers New Big Data Appliance for Internet of Things

IBM is offering a new appliance called MessageSight to manage the expected torrent of information from Internet-connected devices and sensors.

Keeping up its drumbeat messaging on big data and mobile, IBM (NYSE: IBM) is offering a new appliance that it said will manage the expected torrent of information emanating from gazillions of Internet-connected devices and sensors one day embedded in automobiles, traffic management systems, buildings and household appliances.

In other words, IBM wants in on the Internet of Things, pointing to a projection by IMS Research that by 2020, some 22 billion web-connected devices will generate more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data every day. Every hour, Internet traffic will consume enough information to fill seven million DVDs.

IBM’s new big data thingamajig, called MessageSight, aims to help organizations make sense of the sensory overload generated by those billions of sensors sending information out. IBM reasons the challenge with big data lies in its nature—the sales opportunity isn't in the collecting of data but rather in the processing.

The vendor first signaled its intention to develop a next generation messaging appliance last October, as outlined in this Statement of Direction. At the time, IBM asked channel partners to sign up for the beta release of the appliance, if and when it came to light, which, obviously, it has.

The MessageSight appliance support Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) technology, and enables large volumes of events to be processed in near real time. By consolidating information in one place, organizations can more easily glean insights to make better business decisions. The MessageSight appliance can support one million concurrent sensors or smart devices and can scale up to handle 13 million messages per second, according to IBM.

“Until now, no technology has been able to handle this volume of messages and devices,” said Marie Wieck, IBM WebSphere general manager.

IBM also said that it is integrating its Business Process Management (BPM) and Operational Decision Management (ODM) solutions into its MobileFirst portfolio enabling clients to impart their processes and operational decision-making into custom mobile apps. In addition, IBM is making both its BPM and ODM solutions available on its SmartCloud as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering.

Finally, the vendor has rolled out a new set of BPM Industry Solutions that adds services to the software. The solutions initially are aimed at the banking, insurance and financial markets and healthcare markets.

“To be competitive on today’s Smarter Planet, successful businesses must find ways to extend and connect their existing infrastructures to the billions of mobile devices and M2M technologies that now exist,” said Wieck. 

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