IBM Acquires Cleversafe to Boost Data Storage Capabilities

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IBM has acquired data storage vendor Cleversafe to boost its hybrid cloud storage capabilities, according to an announcement on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the agreement, IBM will gain Cleversafe’s 350 patents and 210 employees, who will join its IBM Cloud business. Cleversafe’s Dispersed Storage Network (dsNET) solutions complement IBM’s software-defined Spectrum Storage portfolio, and will be integrated in IBM Cloud to enhance SoftLayer and the SoftLayer Object Storage platform.

Cleversafe was founded in 2004, and is a privately held company based in Chicago. The company has more than 350 patents in object-based, on-premise storage solutions, and it has clients across multiple industries that use Cleversafe for content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and storage as a service.

“Today a massive digital transformation is underway as organizations increasingly turn to cloud computing for innovative ways to manage more complex business operations and increasing volumes of data in a secure and effective way,” Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud said in a statement. “Cleversafe, a pioneer in object storage, will add to our efforts to help clients overcome these challenges by extending and strengthening our cloud storage strategy, as well as our portfolio.”

The acquisition will enable IBM clients to store and manage massive amounts of data more efficiently as they are able to balance between on-premise and cloud storage deployments, IBM said in a statement. Clients will be able to use SoftLayer cloud services and IBM platform-as-a-service Bluemix to create applications with the Cleversafe technology.

Last month, IBM acquired application development software provider StrongLoop to integrate Node.js capabilities with its software portfolio.

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