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Big Data

Needs big iron.

Businesses today create unprecedented amounts of data. Storing, processing, and pulling value from that data is no easy task. These unstructured (NoSQL) big data solutions demand scalable, powerful infrastructure.

Build your big data solution on a cloud platform built to perform. Completely customize your environment or get a head start with recommended best-practices-based hardware configurations we've configured.

Bare Metal Power

Avoid the performance costs of shared hardware in virtual systems.


The predictable performance of bare metal lets you plan ahead to scale as your operations grow.

Higher Scalability

Scale up, out, in, or down on demand, with two to four hour deployment and pay-as-you-go pricing.

Built to Order Solutions

Combine and configure your ideal bare metal and big data application.

Big data isn’t confined to a particular database structure or software platform, so you aren’t restricted either when it comes to building your big data infrastructure on our platform. Whether you’re creating the next big thing in big data platform architecture or you’re using proprietary software to gather, store, analyze, and deliver information for your application, you’ll benefit from the power of bare metal server resources.

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Cloud vs. On-Premises IT for Big Data

Save thousands by moving your big data to SoftLayer.

Big data demands scalable IT infrastructure. Traditional on-premises environments require significant capital expenditures, capacity planning, and lead-time to accommodate the massive amounts of information captured by big data applications. Use our Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool to compare the costs of building your big data environment in-house with building it on SoftLayer.

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SoftLayer Cloud Solutions at Work

To see how big data companies are using SoftLayer’s cloud platform to succeed, check out the following customers’ stories:

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Application-specific Best Practices

Big data gets a big head start.

In collaboration with Cloudera, MongoDB, Inc., and Basho, we've developed optimized hardware configurations for their big data applications. Consider these specs when you build your bare metal environment, and select your big data application in the shopping cart to have it provisioned onto your servers automatically. Once you place your order, your bare metal infrastructure will be online and ready for you in 2-4 hours.

IBM Cloud Analytics

Run enterprise analytics workloads more efficiently.

IBM Cloud Analytics Application Services are designed to help you run enterprise-grade big data and analytics workloads on the cloud. With on-demand access to analytics clusters on SoftLayer infrastructure and pre-integrated industry-leading analytics tools, including IBM InfoSphere BigInsights and Streams, our solution can hide the complexity and virtually eliminate the expense of an in-house analytics infrastructure, helping you accelerate time to value for your analytics solutions. Start a free trial today.

IBM Cloud Analytics Application Services

InfoSphere Streams
InfoSphere Streams is an advanced analytics platform that allows user-developed applications to quickly ingest, analyze and correlate information as it arrives from thousands of real-time sources.

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InfoSphere BigInsights 3.0
InfoSphere BigInsights provides big data analytics capabilities on an enterprise platform. It combines open source Apache Hadoop with enterprise functionality and integration to deliver large-scale analysis with built-in resiliency and fault tolerance.

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InfoSphere BigInsights Quick Start Edition
Test drive InfoSphere BigInsights by using the Quick Start Edition, which is a free, non-production software. Use the Quick Start Edition to begin exploring the features of IBM InfoSphere BigInsights by using real data and running real applications.

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