IBM Buys a Hybrid Cloud Company Called Sanovi Technologies

IBM has acquired a company called Sanovi Technologies to give a boost to its hybrid cloud offerings. According to a company release, this acquisition will enhance the resiliency capabilities of IBM’s cloud tools, so it can provide more advanced analytics for hybrid environments. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Sanovi Technologies is a company based in Bangalore, India. It was founded in 2003 by Chandra Sekha Pulamarasetti, Lakshman Narayanaswamy, and Raja Vonna, and has operations in the United States, Middle East, and India. This company’s Application Defined Continuity (ADC) technology is used to spread the workload across different physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures. During a disaster, this tool will spread the workload, thereby making recovery easier, and at the same, will mitigate the impact of the disaster. IBM believes this capability to disburse workload will give a big fillip to its own Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) solutions. In addition, ADC can help to simply workflows, ¬†automate disaster recovery, and reduce operational costs and time.

Sanovi Technologies also offers a cloud migration manager platform to help businesses and enterprises make the move towards public cloud. This enterprise software platform provide lifecycle automation, along with workload migration design. This manager is also built on ADC to ensure business continuity during migration.

Both the ADC technology as well as the migration manager tool are relevant today, as more companies are migrating to the cloud. In this perspective, IBM can get a big boost with this acquisition.

This acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, after which, it will be integrated into IBM Global Technology Services unit. Eventually, IBM plans to leverage Watson’s capabilities, and expand it to Sanovi’s DRM capabilities, so that end-clients can have a proactive business continuity plan. In fact, IBM plans to help businesses transition from a business continuity plan to a proactive resilience program, so that potential failures can be identified and fixed, even before they occur. If IBM’s plan falls in place, it could signal the beginning of a new approach towards disaster recovery.

This move can be a significant one, for many reasons. Firstly, climate change and unpredictable weather patterns have increased the chances for wilder weather, that in turn, can impact businesses profoundly. To tackle such situations, a proactive approach and a sound DRM that will distribute workloads to regions that are not affected by the disaster can make a huge difference for the business operations of companies. ¬†Secondly, it can give IBM an edge over that of its competitors in the hybrid cloud, as it can combine DRM with Watson’s capabilities to provide a fool-proof DRM service.

Thirdly, this acquisition can give IBM a firm grip in the growing Indian market. Since hybrid clouds are the preferred choice for enterprises in India, this acquisition is sure to provide these clients with greater security, efficiency, and productivity. It can also help IBM to get a larger market share in one of the top growing economies in the world.

According to a press release from IBM, Sanovi’s DRM service will be offered as a standalone product on a monthly or yearly subscription basis.

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