IBM Taps Cleversafe's Capabilities; Introduces Object Based Cloud Storage Services

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 31, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV: IBM, together with its recently acquired object storage firm Cleversafe, has announced object-based cloud storage services for unstructured data management. The IBM Cloud now provides fast and flexible cloud storage-as-a-service to its clients.

Through this new offering, IBM’s clients will have access to multiple APIs along with the option to store large amounts of data on-premise, on the IBM Cloud and  in a hybrid environment. The main reason for the integration of Cleversafe with IBM is to harness its object storage technology which enables data-intensive clients to scale to Exabytes of storage.

“One of the biggest challenges enterprises face today is the massive growth of data, fueled by cloud, mobile, IoT, analytics, social media, cognitive and other technologies organizations eagerly employ to transform their business and engage customers,” says John, CEO, Cleversafe, an IBM company.

IBM plans to make the new IBM Cloud Object Storage services available in three different configurations, namely: Nearline, Standard and Dedicated.

While Nearline provides a cloud infrastructure for infrequently accessed data at a low cost, Standard delivers a higher performance public cloud offering based on proven Cleversafe technology with new S3 API interfaces. Nearline ideally suits for archive, back-up, and other workloads delivered across select IBM Cloud data centers whereas, storage is ideal for a wide range of high performance applications written to use.

The third configuration, Dedicated,  provides a single-tenant IBM Object Storage system running on dedicated servers in IBM Cloud data centers. Available as an IBM managed service or as a self-managed cloud solution, this approach gives clients the access to object storage with no need for extra hardware or data center space.

“By bringing Cleversafe technology to the cloud with these services, we will empower clients with the choice and flexibility needed to better balance storage cost, location, and compliance control requirements across their data sets and essential applications,” adds Morris.