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Broadcast Vendor M&A: IBM Closes Aspera Acquisition

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 17 2014

IBM says it has officially closed the acquisition of Aspera, which was announced last month.

Aspera’s product offerings will become part of the IBM’s “B2B/smarter commerce group” led by John Mesberg, VP, which is part the “industry solutions business,” led by Craig Hayman, General Manager, within IBM Software Group.  

Industry solutions is the organization within IBM that is responsible for B2B/Commerce.

IBM says it plans to “continue to support and enhance Aspera’s technologies while allowing clients to take advantage of the broader IBM portfolio, as well as enhanced service options from IBM Global Services and increased international support (people, product localization, etc.).”

Current Aspera partners will continue to operate within the existing Aspera partner program on a business-as-usual basis under their current contract terms and program structure, until Aspera’s products are available in the IBM Business Partner Program. At that time, all Aspera’s partners will transition to standard IBM contracts and programs.  IBM says it is encouraging Asperas’s partners to enroll in IBM’s partner, which offers “access a vast array of benefits and resources, including marketing, selling, technical and training/certification resources.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but I did get a bit of insight into the company when I spoke to Aspera CEO Michelle Munson at the IABM Annual Conference during the first week of December 2013, about a week before the deal was announced.

According to Munson, who co-founded Aspera in 2004 with Serban Simu (described in this interview from 2009), the company is self-funded, profitable, and has been growing at double-digit percentages (50% year-over-year according to Munson) since launch.

Munon said Aspera has about 170 employees today, up 80% in the past two years according to this 2012 presentation.  While she did not provide specifics of the company revenue, a back of the envelope calculation based on the company’s employee numbers, and growth in headcount and customer licenses shows that Aspera is one of the larger pure-play software companies in the broadcast industry.

Aspera’s media customers range from broadcast networks, to sports broadcasters,film studios, post-production facilities, and content producers, to internet companies including Amazon, Netflix, and Apple’s iTunes.

Although the majority of its revenue today comes from the media industry, it’s likely that as part of IBM, Aspera’s technology will be utilized in a wide variety of industries – including finance, retail, and oil & gas – where there is a requirement to move and manage “big data.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: IBM Closes Acquisition of Aspera

Broadcast Vendor M&A: IBM to Acquire Aspera

New Aspera page on IBM website

IBM FAQ on Aspera Acquisition

From Laid-off Engineer To Successful Startup CEO: Michelle Munson of Aspera

Aspera Presentation – What is FASP

Aspera – Media Industry Customer Showcase

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: IBM to Acquire Aspera

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Dec 20 2013

IBM announced that it will acquire Aspera, a provider of IP content acceleration technology.

According to IBM, the Aspera acquisition “builds on IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative by allowing businesses to accelerate their digital supply chains between partners and suppliers, and extends IBM’s capabilities in managed file transfer with a complementary set of capabilities to help enterprises further gain control and oversight of their data transfers.”  Aspera’s product offering will be integrated with IBM’s recently acquired SoftLayer cloud infrastructure after the deal closes sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but I did get a bit of insight into the company when I spoke to Aspera CEO Michelle Munson at the IABM Annual Conference, about a week before the deal was announced.

According to Munson, who co-founded Aspera in 2004 with Serban Simu (described in this interview from 2009), the company is self-funded, profitable, and has been growing at double-digit percentages (50% year-over-year according to Munson) since launch.

Munon said Aspera has about 170 employees today, up 80% in the past two years according to this 2012 presentation.  While she did not provide specifics of the company revenue, a back of the envelope calculation based on the company’s employee numbers, and growth in headcount and customer licenses shows that Aspera is one of the larger pure-play software companies in the broadcast industry.

The company’s produces file transfer software based on its proprietary fasp (fast, adaptive, secure protocol), which the company says is “consistently ranked first in every WAN transfer throughput benchmark it was ever evaluated in.”

Although the majority of its revenue comes from the media industry, Aspera also sells into other industry verticals, such as oil & gas, where there is a requirement to move and manage “big data.”

Aspera’s media customers range from broadcast networks, to sports broadcasters, film studios, post-production facilities, and content producers, to internet companies including Amazon, Netflix, and Apple’s iTunes.

“Our experience working with thousands of clients on Big Data projects tells us that companies can better compete and win when they can quickly extract value from massive volumes of data,” said John Mesberg, Vice President, B2B and Commerce Solutions, IBM. “With this acquisition, IBM addresses a key challenge for globally integrated enterprises by allowing them to move large data files much faster to the individuals who need them, wherever in the world they may be.”

“Our team has redefined how the world’s biggest data can be moved quickly, securely and reliably around the world,” said Munson. “By tapping into IBM’s innovative capabilities and global resources, we will solve ever-expanding data movement challenges for our customers now and in the future.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: IBM to Acquire Aspera to Help Companies Speed Global Movement of Big Data

From Laid-off Engineer To Successful Startup CEO: Michelle Munson of Aspera

Aspera Presentation – What is FAST

Aspera – Media Industry Customer Showcase

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