IBM has announced the acquisition of a US company called Aspera, which specialises in technology to help drastically reduce the time it takes to send large data sets over networks. The firm already boasts an impressive array of customers including Apple and BT Sport.
IBM said the technology was ideally suited to helping meet the challenge facing many businesses of sending ever-larger digital data sets over networks that can struggle to handle the loads.
The service from Aspera reduces the time it takes to send a large file by 99.9 percent, according to IBM. It said, for example, that a 24GB file, that would usually take 26 hours to be sent, can take just 30 seconds with the Aspera technology.
Aspera said that using its technology for video uploads to iTunes helped Apple reduce the time it took to receive a 2GB video file from 3.5 hours to less than five minutes. This is done using its patented ‘Fasp’ technology that is designed to overcome bottlenecks in broadband wide area networks.
IBM’s John Mesberg, vice president of Business to Business and Commerce Solutions, said adding this capability to its portfolio of products would be ideal for firms embracing big data and the cloud, especially both at the same time.
“Our experience working with thousands of clients on big data projects tells us that companies can better compete and win when they can quickly extract value from massive volumes of data,” he said.
“With this acquisition, IBM addresses a key challenge for globally integrated enterprises by allowing them to move large data files much faster to the individuals who need them, wherever in the world they may be.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.
The deal is the latest in a long line of acquisitions made by IBM in the second half of 2013, as it continues to flesh out its portfolio in numerous new areas of business IT. The buyouts included Irish firm The Now Factory, which specialises in mobile data analytics, and Milton Keynes-based firm Daeja, for sharing huge images over the web.
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