IBM acquires Cleversafe to strengthen its hybrid cloud storage portfolio

By | October 6, 2015

On Monday, IBM has announced to have entered into an agreement to acquire Cleversafe Inc, a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Founded in 2004, the Chicago-based Cleversafe specializes in object-based storage which is different from other cloud storage options in the way it treats data as objects and is considered to be more scalable than traditional file systems. It has more than 350 patents in object-based, on-premise storage solutions that allow its customer to scale to exabytes of storage or billions of gigabytes. Wide range of big industries use Cleversafe for large-scale content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and storage as service.

With the acquisition of Cleversafe, IBM intends to take in Cleversafe’s products into IBM Cloud business unit in a bid to strengthen its overall hybrid cloud storage portfolio. Cleversafe’s algorithm that allows the data to be sliced into pieces and then reassemble the information from a single copy, is considered to be cheap and secure by IBM.

Following the closure of the deal which is expected later this year, clients will be able to use SoftLayer cloud services and IBM Bluemix, IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service, to create applications with the Cleversafe technology. Cleversafe is expected to develop IBM’s positions in storage and hybrid cloud and support clients’ drive to future generation mobile, social and analytics applications.

In the press release, IBM quoted IDC data that 80% of the new cloud applications will have big data as core and require massive storage space. IDC predicts the object storage market will reach $28 billion by 2018.

Cleversafe’s clients that include online photo storage site Shutterfly and media storage vendor Sky, as well as clients in the financial services, healthcare and the federal government sectors, would become IBM’s with the closure of the deal. Also, around 200 of its employees will move over to IBM.