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Revolution Analytics and IBM Netezza Bring Enterprise-Ready R to the Data Warehouse

Monday, March 14, 2011

Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial provider of R software, services and support, and IBM Netezza today announced a partnership to integrate Revolution R Enterprise and the IBM Netezza TwinFin ® Data Warehouse Appliance. For the first time, customers seeking to run high performance and full-scale predictive analytics from within a data warehouse platform will be able to directly leverage the power of the open source R statistics language. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work together to create a version of Revolution’s software that takes advantage of IBM Netezza’s i-class technology so that Revolution R Enterprise can run in-database in an optimal fashion.

Used by more than two million analysts in academia and at companies such as Google, Bank of America and Acxiom, R has emerged as the standard of innovation in statistical analysis. Revolution R Enterprise brings high performance, productivity and enterprise readiness to R for industries such as finance, life sciences, retail, manufacturing and media.

“IBM Netezza prides itself on delivering cutting-edge, production-ready technology for our customers to exploit in driving significant business value for their enterprise,” said Michele Chambers, GM & VP Analytic Solutions at IBM Netezza. “R has rapidly emerged as a leading tool in the field of advanced analytics, and this partnership enables us to deliver this important capability in a commercial, enterprise-ready form.”

This partnership integrates Revolution R Enterprise with IBM Netezza’s high performance data warehouse and advanced analytics platform to help organizations combat the challenges that arise as complexity and the scale of data grow.  By moving the analytics processing next to the data, this integration will minimize data movement – a significant bottleneck, especially when dealing with “Big Data”. It will deliver high performance on large-scale data, while leveraging the latest innovations in analytics.

With Revolution R Enterprise for IBM Netezza, advanced R computations are available for rapid analysis of hundreds of terabyte-class data volumes – and can deliver 10-100x performance improvements at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional analytics vendors.

“IBM Netezza is among the first data warehouse companies to recognize and quickly act upon the growing importance of R,” said Jeff Erhardt, Revolution Analytics COO. “The world’s first R-enabled, in-database data warehouse platform eliminates the need to move data to a separate R server, and massively parallel processing enables high-speed computation of advanced analytics on the largest data sets. Together, our companies are working to create the most powerful predictive analytics solution on the market, and we’re excited to deliver this integration this year.”

The companies will also collaborate on marketing and sales activities. General availability of this integrated solution is currently planned for later this year.

Visit IBM Netezza and Revolution Analytics this week at Predictive Analytics World, booths 107 and 112, in San Francisco.

About IBM

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About Revolution Analytics

Revolution Analytics is the leading commercial provider of software and services based on the open source R project for statistical computing.  Led by predictive analytics pioneer Norman Nie, the company brings high performance, productivity and enterprise readiness to R, the most powerful statistics language in the world. The company’s flagship Revolution R product is designed to meet the production needs of large organizations in industries such as finance, life sciences, retail, manufacturing and media.  Used by over 2 million analysts in academia and at cutting-edge companies such as Google, Bank of America and Acxiom, R has emerged as the standard of innovation in statistical analysis. Revolution Analytics is committed to fostering the continued growth of the R community through sponsorship of the Inside-R.org community site, funding worldwide R user groups and offers free licenses of Revolution R Enterprise to everyone in academia.

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