IBM to Buy Big Data Transfer Provider Aspera; John Mesberg Comments

BigDataIBM Corp. has agreed to buy Aspera Inc. for an undisclosed amount as part of efforts to help customers transmit big data files worldwide.

Aspera’s fasp technology will be consolidated with IBM’s SoftLayer cloud infrastructure subsidiary later in 2014 as part of the acquisition, IBM said Thursday.

John Mesberg, IBM vice president of B2B and Commerce services, said the company intends for the acquisition to help clients address big data transfer requirements.

Emeryville, Calif.-based Aspera’s digital transport technology works to move large files such as high-definition video or scientific research documents in broadband wide area networks across the world.

The acquisition is intended to build on IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative to further the digital supply chains between partners and suppliers, IBM says.

The transaction is scheduled to complete in the first quarter of 2014, pending customary closing terms.

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