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TIBCO Delivers Breakthrough Software to Analyze Big Data in Motion

How can we make decisions based on real-time data streams with all the benefits of history?

"ActiveSpaces [is] a critical component in high velocity and high-volume analysis and addresses our customers ask of big data: How can I make decisions based on real-time data streams with all the benefits of history?" said Matt Quinn, CTO of TIBCO, as his company Monday unveiled an industry-first technology for "big data" analysis that helps companies mine real-time digital, social and event streams together with business transactions and other traditional data sources to make faster, smarter decisions.

The new software, TIBCO ActiveSpaces 2.0, represents what Quinn characterized as an important innovation that allows organizations to slice and dice "data at rest" together with "data in motion" for more in-depth analysis.

The new software is built using a distinctive technology architecture called "shared nothing persistence," he explained, which allows data to be stored either in memory or on disk without requiring a central server. Since data can be accessed without the typical bottleneck, companies can quickly scale their analysis by adding more servers to the data grid, which scales 1:1 for more data and faster access with every server added. "And because the architecture provides persistent storage, customers can shut all their machines down and restart them without losing data access -- a significant challenge for most in-memory systems," Quinn added.

The release of ActiveSpaces 2.0 expands TIBCO's push into the big-data market segment, which independent analyst Wikibon predicts will be a $53.4 billion hardware, software and services market by 2017. Big data has already been actively adopted in digital and social media, large financial services firms and online retailers, though the market is expanding to include large and small enterprises that want to tap new data sources to better understand customer insights, competitive trends and industry dynamics.

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