IBM acquires Aspera to speed Big data movement in the cloud

IBM has expanded its big data portfolio with the acquisition of Aspera, a firm that specialises in products that cut transfer times of large data sets over networks.

IBM said that deal would bring it technology that would help customers overcome the problem of sending ever-increasing data sets through networks struggling with bandwidth issues. the technology is claimed to be able to send a 24GB file, which would usually take 26 hours to transfer in just 30 seconds.

Aspera has patented technology, it said overcomes the bottleneck inherent in broadband wide area networks. Dubbed fasp, the technology could also be useful in areas such as HD video transfers or scientific research where data on genomes could be moved around networks more quickly.

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