IBM Completes Acquisition of Object-Based Storage Company, Cleversafe

ibm-cloudIBM has completed its acquisition of Cleversafe, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. IBM will integrate the Cleversafe portfolio into its IBM Cloud business unit.

The acquisition was announced a month ago. Founded in 2004, Cleversafe is a privately held company based in Chicago, with more than 350 patents in object-based, on-premise storage solutions that enable clients to scale to exabytes of storage, or billions of gigabytes. Clients across multiple industries use Cleversafe’s solutions for large-scale content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and Storage-as-a-Service.

IBM will integrate the Cleversafe portfolio into its IBM Cloud business unit to give clients strategic data flexibility, simplified management, and consistency with on-premise, cloud, and hybrid cloud deployment options. In addition, clients will be able to use IBM SoftLayer cloud hosting services and IBM Bluemix, IBM’s PaaS cloud platform, to create dynamic and innovative applications with the Cleversafe technology as a foundational content repository and data archive.

Cleversafe’s Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) solutions would enhance on-premise storage options for clients and service providers with “low-cost,” large scale active archives and unstructured data content stores. The solutions complement IBM’s software defined Spectrum Storage portfolio for data protection and backup, tape archive, as well as a high performance file and object solution where the focus is on response time.