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Dell Bolsters Analytics Software, Taps Microsoft Azure ML

6/11/2014 by Sharon Shahzad


Dell extends its big data analysis capabilities, adding natural-language processing and integrating Microsoft Azure Machine Learning services.

Dell Software advanced its push into the big data world on Wednesday by integrating formerly separate analytics capabilities and by partnering with Microsoft to use its cloud-based Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) service.

Before Wednesday's announcement at Dell World, the vendor had two separate analytics products. The foundation is Statistica, which was acquired in March along with the vendor Statsoft. Statistica is a lower-cost competitor to the likes of SAS and IBM SPSS. The on-premises software handles data mining, predictive analytics, machine learning, and analytics workflows from data modeling to scoring, to business-rules development and deployment into predictive applications.

The second product is Kitenga, which was picked up in 2012 through Dell's acquisition of Quest Software. Kitenga is the narrower of the two products, designed to connect to and apply natural language processing, entity-extraction, and sentiment-analysis capabilities to text-centric information from big data sources such as Hadoop, NoSQL databases, and social data streams.

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