Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NI releases king-sized products to address big data challenges

USA: National Instruments announced the release of giant versions of their existing test and measurement products, specially designed to handle big data. At 10 to 500 times the size of the original options, they have plenty of storage room for even your largest data sets.

“Lately, all I’ve been hearing is ‘big data this’ and ‘big data that’,” said Dr. Tom Bradicich, NI R&D Fellow and resident Big Data Guru at National Instruments. “Here at NI, we pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of technology and innovation, so we’ve decided to get ahead of the curve and release huge versions of our products to handle this data.”

For example, one new NI PXI product offers an unprecedented 100-slot, five-deck chassis that allows you to use all 500 modules in the PXI catalog simultaneously. It weighs four tons and measures an impressive 12 feet by 7 feet.

“Over the past 36 years, we’ve seen technology shrink,” said Bradicich. “But, like fashion, technology is cyclical. We think it’s time for big, bulky machines to make a comeback. Remember how great it was when a computer filled up an entire room? Couldn’t lose one if you tried.”

Later in 2013, customers can also expect wheeled versions of products as NI capitalizes on this “mobile” thing that everyone’s talking about.

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