Later this year IBM will complete its acquisition of Cleversafe to add an object-based storage system for use on-premises and in the cloud.
IBM has agreed to acquire Cleversafe, a supplier of object-storage software and object-storage appliances, for an undisclosed amount. Cleversafe is slated to be integrated into IBM's Cloud business unit after the deal closes.
The two companies announced the deal on Monday, Oct. 5.
Storage is a frequent access ramp for an enterprise to start using cloud services, and Cleversafe will give IBM an additional route to attract such storage users. Object storage is of particular interest for those collecting masses of customer data from websites or e-commerce systems or through their use of NoSQL systems, such as Cassandra and MongoDB.
In an object storage system, data is stored as a software object, with metadata about what's contained in the object. It's become a popular basis of forming cloud storage, such as that provided by Dropbox, because it can contain both structured and unstructured data, and because it can be scaled out to very large storage structures.
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