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GE Announces First Data Lake Approach for Industrial Internet to Better Access, Analyze and Store Industrial-Strength Big Data
|By Business Wire
|August 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT
GE (NYSE:GE) announced today that it has created, in collaboration with
Pivotal, the first-ever industrial data lake approach to help global
industrial customers like airlines, railroads, hospitals and utilities
better access, analyze and store terabytes or even petabytes of
industrial-strength Big Data, which is far more complex than other types
of new and emerging content and information available today. With a
2,000x performance improvement on time to analysis, major industrial
companies can spend less time and money managing intensive processes and
focus more on turning the data into actionable insight for increased
productivity of assets and operations. Today GE is using the Industrial
Internet data lake for managing and analyzing full flight data from its
customers which include many of the world’s largest airlines.
“Big Data is growing so fast that it is outpacing the ability of current
tools to take full advantage of it,” said Bill Ruh, vice president, GE
Software. “Working with Pivotal, we have created a unique industrial
data approach that merges information technology (IT) with operational
technology (OT) to better match the productivity and efficiency needs of
our customers so they get the most value out of their mission-critical
“Big and fast data is a critical piece of how modern industry is
reinventing itself in order to innovate and compete,” said Paul Maritz,
CEO of Pivotal. “The new industrial data lake architecture answers the
call for the fast and highly scalable management of the unique
industrial big data that is helping global enterprises transform their
operations and build a new class of applications.”
Developed on foundational software elements from Pivotal, the industrial
data lake will integrate with PredixTM, GE's software
platform for the Industrial Internet that provides a standard and secure
way to connect machines, analytics, data and people and is built for the
unique scale of industrial data. This announcement builds on the
strategic partnership between GE and Pivotal to jointly develop a new
data architecture that meets the unique requirements of industrial data
and critical infrastructure operations.
All information must be converted into recognizable formats before it
can be used - a process that has become the bottleneck when managing
industrial Big Data. Conventional approaches like data warehouses can be
too slow, expensive and inflexible with nearly 80 percent of project
time spent on gathering and preparing the data for analysis. [source: IDC
All of GE’s PredictivityTM software solutions benefit from
this industrial data lake approach. It has been piloted in various
industrial settings, including GE Aviation, where airplane engines are a
fertile ground for Big Data collection and analysis. Using its Flight
Efficiency Services, GE collects real-time data generated by the
aircraft and its systems and runs advanced analytics on this data to
help airlines run their operations more efficiently. For customers like
AirAsia, this means savings of more than one percent of their fuel bill
“Gathering and analyzing data to improve our customers’ operations is no
longer a futuristic concept, but a real process underway today, and
growing in magnitude,” said David Joyce, president & CEO, GE Aviation.
In a 2013 pilot, GE Aviation collected information on 15,000 flights
from 25 different airlines at about 14 gigabytes of metrics per flight.
With the industrial data lake approach, GE was able to integrate
terabytes of full flight data for the first time in industry to produce
measurable cost savings of 10x and significantly reduce analysis time
from months to days. GE expects the data collection to grow to 10
million flights and 1,500 terabytes of full flight operational data by
Learn more about GE’s industrial data lake at http://www.gesoftware.com/industrial-data-lake.
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technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in
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About GE Software
GE Software connects brilliant machines with best-in-class minds and big
data analytics to deliver on our vision for the Industrial
Internet. Powered by GE’s Predix platform, our Predictivity software
solutions unlock valuable insights and increased productivity through
asset performance management for customers across diverse industries
including aviation, rail, energy and healthcare. For more, visit GE
Software's website at www.gesoftware.com.
Pivotal, the company at the intersection of big data,
platform-as-service (PaaS), and agile development, helps companies
transform into great software companies. Pivotal offers a complete
portfolio of products that converge apps, data and analytics along with
Pivotal’s comprehensive PaaS platform, powered by Cloud Foundry®.
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