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Aspera, Inc.: Demand for Aspera Files SaaS On IBM Cloud Generates over 550 Client Activations; MLBAM, Digital Media Services, Imaginary Forces and BASE Media Cl

The addition of Aspera Drive and new Mobile Apps along with many new
capabilities fuel adoption of the new large file sharing service in the Cloud

ARMONK, N.Y., April 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today
announced multiple new capabilities across the innovative new Aspera Files
SaaS platform from Aspera, an IBM company, to be demonstrated at NAB 2016;
new Aspera Files clients include MLBAM, Digital Media Services, BASE Media
Cloud and over 550 other activations that are leveraging the SaaS platform's
high-speed large data exchange capabilities to accelerate and simplify their
digital media workflows.

Built on Aspera FASP® technology, Aspera Files transforms cloud-based content
sharing and collaboration by eliminating the problems of sharing large files
and large directories with fast and secure transfer of the even the largest
content and associated metadata directly from its native storage environment
(on premises or in cloud). A multi-tenant SaaS solution running on IBM Cloud,
Files is easy to use and instantly available, transfers at maximum speed in
predictable time, and offers a rich set of capabilities for sharing,
distributing and managing large content.

New capabilities to be shown at NAB 2016 include the following:

Aspera Drive 2.0
brings the powerful sharing, distribution and exchange features of Aspera
Files to the desktop. Users can browse shared folders under their Files
Workspaces, share and send large files and directories directly from their
desktop, and synchronize remote directories and packages automatically.

Aspera Files Mobile
enables users to submit images, video, files and metadata to Files Dropboxes
from Apple iOS and Google Android devices over WiFi and cellular networks at
speeds that are many times faster than traditional mobile transfer
technologies and integrates with the device's cameras and photo galleries.

Aspera Desktop Client Integration
: Users can now access Files and transfer directly from the Aspera Desktop
GUI, Watch folders, and its client APIs.

Additionally, Files has over 20 new features introduced since its launch,

* New one-click authenticated public links with automatic workspace branding
to upload/download in individual folders with configurable expiration, and
to upload files and metadata to Dropboxes
* Enhanced navigation with automatic per-dropbox views and pinning of
favorite dropboxes and workspaces
* Enhanced email notification including configurable templates by Workspace
and package delivery status
* Enhanced previews - Image thumbnails and video previews are automatically
created across the entire platform and are now also available for 3rd party
cloud and on premise nodes
* Enhanced activity reporting - Administrators can view all activity (Login,
Sharing, Transfer, Packages and User Management) for on premises, 3rd party
cloud, and built in infrastructure
* A Files API on the Aspera Developer Network exposing all capabilities for
3rd party applications
* Transfer usage reporting and Storage Usage Reporting by access keys

MLB Advanced Media
(MLBAM), the NY-based technology company of Major League Baseball, deployed
Aspera Files to accelerate and streamline its evolving and growing
multi-platform video distribution business.

After considering and testing other products, MLBAM quickly determined that
Aspera Files was the best fit to meet its key requirements - including speed,
performance, security and rapid deployment. The Files SaaS delivered an
easy-to-use brandable Web interface, scalable high-speed transfer and
storage, and a fast and simple onboarding process that did not require any IT
resources or complex network setups.

"Aspera Files has added significant value to our operations by enabling us to
get transfers up and running in a matter of days. Plus, the ability to easily
manage user permissions from a web interface has made the whole process
extremely easy and efficient," said Michael Orlansky, senior manager, media
delivery at MLBAM.

Aspera Files is used to upload hundreds of multi-gigabyte files each day,
reaching up to 1500 video transfers per week. By providing MLBAM with
scalable, high-speed transfers of large volumes of digital media files,
Aspera can support the efforts of MLBAM to provide consumers with greater
access to the highest quality content.

"MLBAM continues to innovate both its digital platform and business model and
with that expansion comes an opportunity for new solutions that enable them
to move quickly and operate efficiently and reliably. Aspera Files allows
MLBAM to meet their evolving video distribution needs to provide faster
access to more content in more places," said Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera.

Digital Media Services (DMS)
, a leading provider of TV and digital video advertising delivery solutions
selected Aspera Files to expand its suite of services, accelerate growth and
gain new international clients. DMS faced growing demand from marketers,
advertisers, and content owners to reach consumers through the use of
high-resolution media. DMS needed a more powerful platform to provide them
with the ability to ingest, transform, and deliver full HD episodes to their
clients faster and more securely then their legacy FTP and physical drive

"Market demand for our services is exploding, and we wanted to be able to
service international clients as well," said John Pellicano, President and
CEO of Digital Media Services. "With Aspera Files we have literally doubled
the volume of content that we are now able to process and deliver online, and
can now support our international clients with the same fast turnaround time
our domestic clients are accustomed to."

"One of the media services we offer our clients is the option to 'squeeze in'
an extra commercial per episode via our TimeTailor solution. In the past,
clients needed to load the video onto a hard disk and ship it via courier to
our office. With Aspera high-speed transfers, we can now receive a 30 minute
broadcast episode in as little as an hour before our cutoff time to meet
customer deadlines. Independent filmmakers and advertising agencies love
having some extra editing time before their deadlines," added Pellicano.

"Initially, our in house FTP service was working well enough, but as the
duration of episodes increased, and more content moved to HD, we hit the
wall," said John Moshier, CTO of Digital Media Services. "With Aspera Files
we were able to sign up quickly and expand our usage without having to kick
off a major IT project." Digital Media Services Inc. (DMS) was previously
known as Duplication Services&Pelco HD.

Imaginary Forces
is a creative studio and full service production company specializing in
creating and developing content for commercial advertising, digital and
interactive platforms, feature films and television. Moving large digital
media between their New York and Los Angeles studios and clients is a daily

"Each day our producers depend on reliable high volume, high speed transfers
to get the job done. We found that Aspera meets the stringent demands of our
industry. Plus, it's convenient and easy to use," said Peter Frankfurt,
co-owner of Imaginary Forces.

BASE Media Cloud
recently deployed Aspera Files for boutique sports media agency, Aurora Media
Worldwide in support of the FIA Formula E Championship, the ground breaking
FIA single-seater championship and the world's first fully electric racing
series. The hybrid cloud service is being used to deliver HD packages
comprising race material, VT inserts, VoD clips and branded content -
amounting to multiple terabytes of media - to race teams, media partners and
global broadcasters including FOX, CNN, Eurosport and ITV.

"Media companies need the ability to scale their business without the
restrictions of a fixed capacity datacenter," said Michelle Munson, CEO of
Aspera. "Aspera Files provides the same speed, performance and reliability of
moving large files over distance as our on-premises software, with all the
advantages of a cloud-based pay-as you go service."

About Aspera
Aspera, an IBM company, is the creator of next-generation transport
technologies that move the world's data at maximum speed regardless of file
size, transfer distance and network conditions. Part of IBM Cloud, Aspera
software is powered by the Emmy® award-winning FASP® protocol to deliver the
fastest, most predictable file-transfer, share and sync experience across
on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure. Aspera's core technology
delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and
uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on
six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of
their digital assets. Please visit and follow us on
Twitter @asperasoft for more information.
Media contacts:

Americas/Asia: Kim Willsher, +1 (310) 569 2603
Europe: Louise Wells, +44 (0) 20 7403 8878
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Aspera's PR agency


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Aspera, Inc. via Globenewswire


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