Hewlett Packard (HP) today launched a new version of Autonomy IDOL, the company's flagship big data software offering that is designed to help companies extract meaning from unstructured data.

The new version, HP IDOL 10.5, has been updated to that it's more integrated with three other big data products that sit within HP's HAVEn platform. They include ArcSight threat detection system, Vertica structured big data analytics engine and open-source distributed computing software Hadoop.

HP IDOL for Hadoop aims to turn Hadoop from a traditional data storage bin to an analytics platform that can derive insights from petabytes of data. By embedding HP IDOL functions such as sentiment analysis, clustering and entity extraction into Hadoop nodes, HP believes enterprises will now be able to perform things like advanced customer analytics, security analysis, operational analytics.

HP said a lightweight version of HP IDOL for Hadoop will be available for download soon.

Meanwhile, the IDOL UDx pack for HP Vertica is designed to allow Vertica users to analyse unstructured data alongside transactional and semistructured machine data to get a 360-degree view of information.

An early access version of the HP IDOL UDx pack for HP Vertica will be available on the Vertica marketplace next month.

Finally, the HP IDOL Email Analytics Pack and IDOL Social Media Analytics Pack for HP ArcSight will aim to help users prevent or manage insider threats, “hacktivist” threats and ill-willed communications by analysing unstructured email and social media data alongside security, application and operations events in HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager.  

The deeper levels of integration will make it easier for organisations and partners to build big data applications for a wide range of analytic scenarios, according to HP.

The American tech giant also claims that IDOL 10.5 is more robust and manageable than earlier versions, adding that it has been designed around many of today’s emerging tech trends.

“Our business has always been to help our customers to manage, control and get value out of human information,” HP Autonomy chief technology officer Fernando Lucini told Techworld ahead of the launch. 

“We recognise people are starting to be more savvy with the use of mobile technology and things like that. The savvy user has a tendency to want more but do less. So we needed to do quite a lot of work to give our users some stronger administration, while making it easier for them to use and giving them more performance. Almost more intelligence in a smaller box.”