IBM acquires hybrid cloud firm Sanovi Technologies

The purchase is intended to augment Big Blue's disaster recovery services.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

IBM has acquired Sanovi Technologies in order to ramp up the firm's hybrid cloud disaster recovery facilities.

Big Blue announced the buyout on October 27, stating the deal will "enhance IBM resiliency capabilities with the help of advanced analytics to meet complexities of hybrid environments."

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Based in Bangalore, India, Sanovi Technologies has been working with enterprise players and SMBs for over a decade through providing cloud migration and IT recovery solutions.

The company's Application Defined Continuity (ADC) technology is used for workloads across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, and it is Sanovi's Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) capabilities which are of particular interest to IBM.

For today's enterprise players to leverage cloud technology, data centers, and networking effectively, disaster management procedures should be in place to reduce service disruption should something go wrong.

IBM says that Sanovi's software will augment the firm's existing DRM solutions and will simplify client workflows, help automate the disaster recovery process, and reduce recovery time, operational costs, and drill testing time.

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"Our clients are embracing a digitized world where applications need to be 'always-on,'" said Martin Jetter, senior VP of IBM's Global Technology Services. "As a cloud-native company, Sanovi will strengthen our resiliency portfolio to manage the broad range of applications, data, and IT systems of our clients balancing digital and hybrid cloud transformation with increased regulatory compliance."

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2016.

Once the buyout is complete, IBM plans to integrate Sanovi's technology into the IBM Global Technology Services unit, with a focus on IBM Resiliency Services. Eventually, the tech giant wishes to leverage IBM Watson analytics to expand Sanovi's DRM capabilities and "enable organizations to move from business continuity planning to more proactive resiliency programs that help anticipate potential failures before they happen."

Sanovi's DRM will also be offered as a standalone product to customers on a subscription basis.

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