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In an effort to help enterprises scale their data science and AI efforts, IBM today announced that the Python distribution platform Anaconda is now available for IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE customers.

IBM VP Barry Baker wrote in a blog post that the company believes the move will promote more open source AI capabilities by helping data scientists improve their record systems. Anaconda should also help create a more consistent experience for enterprises using a hybrid cloud strategy, he said.

By pairing Anaconda with IBM Z and LinuxONE platforms, Baker said data scientists can improve security while still having a choice in AI frameworks.

The move is a timely one, according to a study IBM commission from Morning Consult. In the report, 90% of respondents said they wanted to be able to build and run AI where their data already resides. IBM Z and LinuxONE are built to do just that while reducing latency.

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