IBM and Nirvanix Form Strategic Relationship for Enterprise Cloud Storage

Armonk, New York and San Diego, California, (PresseBox) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Nirvanix today announced the integration of cloud storage technology from Nirvanix as part of an expanded IBM SmartCloud Enterprise storage services portfolio available to customers worldwide.

With the integration of Nirvanix cloud storage technology, IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise storage services will provide customers with a solution designed to support millions of users, billions of objects and exabytes of data to complement IBM's existing security-rich, virtual server environments in the cloud.

Under the terms of the OEM agreement between IBM and Nirvanix, IBM will include cloud storage technology from Nirvanix designed to enable customers to upload a file of any size from anywhere in the world and access it anywhere-as opposed to forcing customers to upload the same file multiple times in multiple geographic regions and imposing strict file size limitations. This is designed to provide customers with continuous access to data at multiple, redundant locations for optimal performance and business continuity.

"We look forward to teaming with IBM in the enterprise cloud storage space and cooperatively enhancing our leading cloud storage service for the most demanding IBM global customers," said Scott Genereux, President and CEO of Nirvanix. "Today's announcement marks an important step in accomplishing Nirvanix's strategic goals of capturing cloud storage market share and accelerating revenue growth."

IBM's new SmartCloud storage service is ideally suited for unstructured data such as documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, health records, images, audio and video files, and e-mail and text messages, as well as for storing objects in which data, metadata and index are all encapsulated as one blob. To help ensure prompt access to unstructured data and objects, each node within the IBM SmartCloud storage service knows what is stored in its neighboring nodes, essentially performing as a massive, cross-connected grid.

The IBM SmartCloud storage service is particularly suited for industry-specific data, such as:

- Media and Entertainment: content that must be shared across data centers, cities, states or countries-for distributed content creation and production collaboration
- Healthcare: data that must be retained for regulatory compliance and the protection and security of personally identifiable healthcare information (PIHI)
- Financial Services: infrequently accessed unstructured content, such as backup data, archival data, and any data that resides on tape

A pilot of the new services is now available to select SmartCloud Enterprise customers at: www.ibm.com/...

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM brings together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about IBM cloud solutions, visit www.ibm.com/smartcloud.

About Nirvanix

Nirvanix is the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services. The company offers cloud storage services designed specifically for customers with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy levels. Under its CloudComplete(TM) portfolio, Nirvanix is the only company that provides variable cloud deployment options, including public, hybrid and private cloud services. The company's battle-hardened, proven second generation technology is fully integrated with Symantec backup and archiving products and enables One Click to the Cloud(TM) for secure and seamless data migration. Nirvanix has over 1,200 global customers accessing its Cloud Storage Network(TM) , from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies.

For more information visit www.nirvanix.com and follow Nirvanix on Twitter.

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