IBM announces its acquisition of Intelliden, a maker of network automation software that enables organizations such as telecommunications companies to configure, manage and scale their networks.
IBM has announced its acquisition of
a maker of "network automation software that enables
organizations such as telecommunications companies to configure, manage and
scale their networks," IBM said Feb.
The acquisition, which comes just a week before IBM's
Pulse service management conference, held Feb. 21 to 24, is "expected to
further strengthen the IBM service
management portfolio by offering ... comprehensive solutions for automation and
optimization of digital and physical assets. This includes full-service
life-cycle management of network devices, IT, data center and physical assets
as diverse as water mains, railway cars and even door locks," IBM
said. The Intelliden software will fall under IBM's
The IBM statement also said:
"Analysts estimate that more than
60 percent of network outages are caused by manual configuration errors. By
acquiring this automation technology, IBM aims
to help clients improve network service availability, decrease risk through
compliance reporting and improve staff efficiency."
"The typical company is managing a more complex and ever-changing
infrastructure-stretched across digital and physical assets," Al Zollar,
general manager of IBM Tivoli software, said
in a statement. "Companies are managing a virtualized computing layer that
more than ever relies on the network. Intelliden's intelligent network
automation is an important addition to IBM's
portfolio to extend automation across all business and IT assets."
"Networks have become a critical part of the overall IT fabric, and
organizations are demanding tighter integration and management of the entire
infrastructure, including applications, storage, servers and networks,"
said Alan Black, president and CEO of
Intelliden. "Intelliden provides leading open, scalable and comprehensive
network automation solutions, and this acquisition opens a world of new
opportunities for our customers, partners and employees. We are excited to be
part of the IBM team to raise the bar by
delivering the industry's most advanced IT service management solutions backed
by world-class sales, services, support and alliances organizations."
IBM and Intelliden did not disclose
financial terms of the acquisition.