IBM Markets Cloud Storage with Aspera Transfer

​IBM is rolling out new Cloud Object Storage services for rapid data transfer to the cloud in tandem with an Aspera high-speed transfer option. The firm says that users have reported moving data to the IBM Cloud at online transfer rates hundreds of times faster* than standard http/ftp, with no charge for ingest.

The technology supports transporting large files and large collections of files of any type, regardless of transfer distance – ideal for any data-driven business, whether in media and entertainment, genomics, financial services, or other industries. Using Aspera high-speed transfer, businesses have apparently moved 100TB of data in 24 hours over a 10Gbps network. IBM caveats this saying user experience may vary depending on their specific network environment.

“As the only object storage service in the marketplace with Aspera high-speed transfer capability built into the service, users are provided simple activation, automatic provisioning, unified management and a single point of support,” says Phillip Buckellew General Manager IBM Cloud Object Storage and Databases. “Additionally, the Aspera direct-to-cloud technology is designed to protect data as it moves – directly from the client into the cloud storage layer.

IBM is also introducing SQL Query which enables developers and data scientists to instantly analyze their data directly in IBM Cloud Object Storage.

“Data scientists can get real-time insights from their data streams like click-stream data, Internet of Things (IoT) messages, and raw analytics events using SQL directly on files in IBM Cloud Object Storage,” said Buckellew. “IBM SQL Query is a serverless service, so data scientists can quickly query large amounts of data using ANSI SQL without having to setup and manage any servers or data warehouses.

“With the growth of unstructured data, organizations are looking for simplified, low-cost options for storing data that is rarely accessed but stored for long term data retention, compliance and business continuity purposes.”

For this IBM is offering a low-priced data archive capability for the IBM Cloud Object Storage service, designed for seldom accessed data. This archive capability works with its existing storage tiers enabling customers to reduce storage costs by storing data offline with its lowest-priced storage.

The archive capability will be priced at $0.002 GB/Month for data storage and $0.02 GB for data restore, with minimum duration charge of 180 days for archived data.

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