IBM adds Aspera transfer technology to cloud offering

IBM has signed an agreement to acquire file transfer specialist Aspera in order to facilitate the faster movement of big data on a worldwide basis.

The deal, for which the financial terms were not disclosed, will let IBM offer its customers the chance to send huge files at a faster speed across vast distances.

“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,” said John Mesberg, Vice President, B2B and Commerce Solutions, IBM. “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.”

Aspera’s high speed transfer technology claims to reduce transmission time for large files or data sets and has the potential to cut a 26-hour transfer of a 24GB file down to 30 seconds sent halfway round the world. It does so through its fasp technology that can overcome bottlenecks in broadband wide area networks [WANs] that regularly slow the progress of large files over distance.

“Our team has redefined how the world’s biggest data can be moved quickly, securely and reliably around the world,” said Michelle Munson, president and co-founder, Aspera. “By tapping into IBM’s innovative capabilities and global resources, we will solve ever expanding data movement challenges for our customers now and in the future.”

The likes of Apple and Netflix already use Aspera’s fasp technology for video transfers with the former particularly impressed by the ease at which it is able to upload large video files to the iTunes Store. According to TechCrunch the process originally took some three-and-a-half hours to upload large video files with the time now decreased to five minutes.

IBM will integrate the technology with the recently acquired SoftLayer cloud infrastructure technology and it will all form a part of IBM’s cloud computing offering.