LexisNexis Risk Solutions further commits to open collaboration and Linux to support “Big Data” after HPCC Systems open source platform announcement
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that LexisNexis® Risk Solutions is its newest member.
LexisNexis® helps customers predict, assess, and manage risk and has used the Linux operating system on its high-performance computing (HPC) servers for more than a decade. Its Linux Foundation membership will help it maximize its investment in Linux through increased technical collaboration and community engagement.
Earlier this week, LexisNexis announced HPCC Systems, an open source platform aimed at solving big data challenges for enterprise customers. This high performance computing cluster technology has been deployed for more than a decade and will be available under an open source, dual- license with a single architecture and a consistent data centric programming language. For more information, please visit: http://hpccsystems.com/ .
“We recognize how open development and collaboration accelerate technology platforms and advances innovation industry-wide,” said Armando Escalante, senior vice president and chief technology officer of LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Our Linux Foundation membership will help us expand our work with the Linux and open source communities on high-performance computing that addresses enterprise customers’ big data requirements.”
“LexisNexis understands big data and how Linux and open source can support increasing performance requirements,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs, The Linux Foundation. “The company has been supporting Linux for years, but these latest moves represent the increasing role of Linux and open source software among the biggest data and enterprise users.”
The use of the term “Big Data” has been increasing since the amount of data stored and shared online has exploded in recent years. Research firm IDC has reported that the amount of data we consume has multiplied 10-fold since 2006. As the dominant operating system among the world’s Top500 supercomputers , Linux is playing a lead role in supporting this data explosion. The collaborative development model is further enabling companies to advance platforms that support Big Data storage and processing.
About HPCC Systems
HPCC Systems from LexisNexis® Risk Solutions offers a proven, data-intensive supercomputing platform designed for the enterprise to solve big data problems. As an alternative to Hadoop, HPCC Systems offers a consistent data-centric programming language, two processing platforms and a single architecture for efficient processing. Customers, such as financial institutions, insurance carriers, insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, federal government and other enterprise-class organizations leverage the HPCC Systems technology through LexisNexis® products and services. For more information, visit http://hpccsystems.com .
About LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions (http://lexisnexis.com/risk/ ) is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across all industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced scoring analytics, Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, United States.
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences , including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com , reach approximately two million people per month and include important Linux video  resources. The organization also provides extensive Linux training  opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter. 
Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.