IBM acquires Aspera to strengthen its Big Data offering

by bold-lichterman

IBM has just acquired Aspera, a Californian startup that enables companies to speed up transfers of files containing large volumes of data, which is also used by France Télévisions.

While Big Data is one of the major trends for the next 5 years according to IBM, the hardware giant confirms this trend by acquiring Aspera, a startup based in Emeryville, California, which specializes in the secure and accelerated transfer of large files.

The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed.

Aspera has developed a cloud and licensed solution called FASP Technology, capable of reducing transmission times for large files or data sets in less than 30 seconds depending on its size. Patented, the Aspera protocol, an alternative to the TCP / IP network, is now used by various industry players such as scientific organizations that exchange important data, or by media groups to shorten and optimize production cycles and content distribution stream, in particular streaming. This is also the case with France Télévisions, which has been using this solution since last September.

IBM is now stepping up its cloud computing offer against Amazon Web Services (AWS). Aspera’s takeover follows another takeover last July of SoftLayer for $ 2 billion, a hosting, dedicated servers and cloud computing company.