IBM Buys Cleversafe to Boost SoftLayer Cloud's Object Storage Chops

Gains cloud storage firm's 350 patents and 200 employees

Nicole Henderson, Contributor

October 5, 2015

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This article originally appeared at The WHIR

IBM has acquired data storage vendor Cleversafe to boost object storage capabilities of its cloud services, 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, a privately held company based in Chicago, was founded in 2004. 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's 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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About the Author(s)

Nicole Henderson

Contributor, IT Pro Today

Nicole Henderson covers daily cloud news and features online for ITPro Today. Prior to ITPro Today, she was editor at Talkin' Cloud (now Channel Futures) and the WHIR. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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