Cast Iron Systems AcquisitionBy Steve Wexler | Print
IBM's Impact event around SOA and business process management (BPM) technology featured several new IBM WebSphere enhancements, plus the official launch of IBM's cloud IT certification program. IBM also announced plans to acquire hybrid cloud integration technology provider Cast Iron.
IBM also announced it has acquired Cast Iron Systems, a privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., which develops cloud integration software, appliances and services. Big Blue expects the global cloud computing market to grow at a compounded annual rate of 28 percent from $47 billion in 2008 to $126 billion by 2012, but integrating the disparate systems running in data centers with new cloud-based applications will be a challenge. The acquisition is expected to help that integration, as well as advance IBM's capabilities for a hybrid cloud model.
"The integration challenges Cast Iron Systems is tackling are crucial to clients who are looking to adopt alternative delivery models to manage their businesses," said Craig Hayman, general manager of IBM WebSphere. "The combination of IBM and Cast Iron Systems will make it easy for clients to integrate business applications, no matter where those applications reside. This will give clients greater agility and, as a result, better business outcomes," he said.