IBM, Skillsoft Team to Harness Big Data for Enterprise Learning

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-01-24 Print this article Print

"Aspera solves critical challenges at the intersection of two of the most influential trends driving business today—big data and cloud computing," said Craig Hayman, general manager of Industry Cloud Solutions at IBM. "With this acquisition, IBM will help our customers more effectively and efficiently move large files to and from the cloud and within the enterprise to where individuals can extract real business insights from that data."

Traditional network protocols limit the speed and reliability of moving big data around. Large data transfers can take hours or days by traditional methods and can be compromised by security issues. These barriers impede organizations across a wide range of industries, from a clinical research group needing to access complex genomic research stored across several cloud services around the world, to a production studio trying to quickly transmit a hit movie to a popular video streaming service, IBM said.

"This is a strategic move by IBM acknowledging the need of enterprises to move large files quickly, reliably and securely across the Internet," said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research. Given IBM's announcement to invest $1.2 billion into its cloud infrastructure, the playground for Aspera's services will be larger than ever. We expect IBM to quickly leverage Aspera in a similar manner to the recently acquired SoftLayer assets that form the backbone of its cloud infrastructure."

Aspera makes cloud computing faster, more predictable and more cost effective for big data transfers such as enterprise storage, sharing virtual images or bursting to the cloud for increased computing capacity. Moreover, Aspera provides big data transfers with bandwidth control and security, including the encryption of files in transit or at rest.

This acquisition builds on IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative by allowing businesses to accelerate their digital supply chains between partners and suppliers. This also extends IBM's capabilities in Managed File Transfer with a complementary set of capabilities to help enterprises further gain control and oversight of their data transfers. The Aspera fasp technology will be integrated with IBM's SoftLayer cloud infrastructure later this year.

IBM said Aspera recently received an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development, in which the academy commented that fasp is an "an industry game changer" used by "virtually all the major broadcast television networks, Hollywood studios and CG/animation houses."



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