IBM Tackles Cloud Integration With Acquisition

Tuesday May 4th 2010 by Larry Barrett
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The purchase of Cast Iron Systems gives IBM customers a bridge between traditional on-premise solutions and cloud computing.

IBM today reinforced its commitment to what most see as the future of enterprise software with its acquisition of Cast Iron Systems, a privately held cloud-computing software and services company that aims to simplify life for companies eager to blend their on-premise and on-demand application suites.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but by virtue of the purchase IBM sent an unmistakable message to competitors and customers alike that it's serious about providing the inevitable bridge between old-school, on-premise software installations and on-demand applications that are cheaper and more malleable in an increasingly mobile computing landscape.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) shares inched up $0.61 a share, less than 1 percent, to $129.61 following the announcement.

"The combination of IBM and Cast Iron Systems will make it easy for clients to integrate business applications, no matter where those applications reside," Craig Hayman, general manager of IBM's cornerstone WebSphere unit, said in a statement. "This will give clients greater agility and as a result, better business outcomes."

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