International Business Machine
) is set to acquire CA-based Aspera, Inc, for an undisclosed
amount. Aspera's technology helps to speed up the movement of
massive data files securely across the globe.
Aspera's patented high-speed transfer technology helps
companies transfer large files or data sets in minimal time. The
system increases the efficiency of file transfer exponentially,
reducing a 26 hour transfer of a 24 gigabyte file, forwarded
halfway around the world, to just 30 seconds.
patented by Aspera helps to overcome inherent blocks in a
broadband wide area network thereby increasing the speed of large
file transfers. These files include video or scientific research
This acquisition would help IBM to introduce an innovative
solution for its clients, which might help them to manage
increasing volumes of structured as well as unstructured data
created by everything from sensors to social media.
The company has taken the inorganic route to growth time and
again, which helped it to gain access to new technology. This
strategy has helped IBM to enhance its product portfolio, which
ultimately helps in generating incremental revenues, strengthen
its technology leadership and leads to a more favorable mix of
IBM will continue to benefit from its new initiatives like
cloud computing, smarter planet, business analytics and
optimization over the long term. However, stiff competition from
Hewlett Packard Co.
) and sluggish IT spending are the major headwinds going
IBM has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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