IBM to Acquire Object Storage Vendor Cleversafe

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleversafe, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. The acquisition will enhance IBM’s positions in storage and hybrid cloud. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Once the deal closes, IBM will integrate the Cleversafe portfolio into its IBM Cloud business unit to give clients strategic data flexibility, simplified management, and consistency with on-premises, cloud, and hybrid cloud deployment options.

"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,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud. “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.”

Object storage delivered through Cleversafe is intended to enable companies to store and manage massive amounts of data more efficiently while meeting the demands of data-intensive workloads delivered via the cloud. Cleversafe’s Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) solutions enhance on-premises storage options for clients and service providers with active archives and unstructured data content stores. The solutions are designed to complement IBM’s software defined Spectrum Storage portfolio for data protection and backup.

The dsNet solutions and technologies will be integrated into the IBM Cloud to enhance IBM’s Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer and the SoftLayer Object Storage services platform. Following close of the deal, clients will be able to use SoftLayer cloud services and IBM Bluemix, IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service, to create applications with Cleversafe technology as a foundational content repository and data archive.

For more details, visit the IBM website.