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​IBM boosts hybrid Cloud business with double acquisition

​IBM boosts hybrid Cloud business with double acquisition

“The reality of enterprise IT is that it is many Clouds with many characteristics, whether they be economic, capacity or security."

IBM has bolstered its Cloud business with the double acquisition of Gravitant and Cleversafe, as the tech giant fine-tunes its hybrid offerings.

In acquiring Gravitant - a privately held Cloud-based software provider - Big Blue now has the capability to enable organisations to better plan, buy and manage, or ‘broker’, software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid Clouds.

With such capabilities, mixed environments of private and public Clouds can begin to be integrated and digitally managed as one for greater performance and efficiency.

“The reality of enterprise IT is that it is many clouds with many characteristics, whether they be economic, capacity or security,” says Martin Jetter, Senior Vice President, Global Technology Services, IBM.

“Gravitant provides an innovative approach to add choice and simplicity to how enterprises can now manage their environments. It will be a key component as we broaden our hybrid Cloud services.”

Jetter says IBM plans to integrate the Gravitant capabilities into the IBM Global Technology Services unit.

In addition, IBM Cloud plans to integrate the capabilities into Software-as-a-Service offerings, extending the company’s growing hybrid cloud solutions and capabilities.

“IBM is the leader in hybrid Cloud and enterprise IT services and our technology will advance our clients’ experiences as well as bring new capabilities to IBM’s base,” adds Mohammed Farooq, Chairman and CEO, Gravitant.

“Together, we’ll be able to help more enterprises manage their expanding private and public Cloud environments.”

Founded in 2004, Gravitant is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has development operations in Pune and Bangalore, India.

Cleversafe

In addition, IBM has also completed its acquisition of Cleversafe, a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but the acquisition is designed to strengthen IBM’s leadership positions in storage and hybrid cloud and support clients’ drive to next generation mobile, social and analytics applications.

Founded in 2004, Cleversafe is a privately held company based in Chicago and a recognised market leader with more than 350 patents in object-based, on-premise storage solutions that enable clients to scale to exabytes of storage, or billions of gigabytes.

Clients across multiple industries use the company’s solutions for large-scale content repository, backup, archive, collaboration and storage as a service.

Terms of the deal will see IBM integrate the Cleversafe portfolio into its IBM Cloud business unit to give clients strategic data flexibility, simplified management, and consistency with on-premise, cloud, and hybrid cloud deployment options.

In addition, clients will be able to use IBM SoftLayer cloud services and IBM Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, to create dynamic and innovative applications with the Cleversafe technology as a foundational content repository and data archive.

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