IBM is reportedly acquiring database security vendor Guardium for $225 million. The acquisition announcement is expected to be made this week.
Rumors are circulating that
IBMis acquiring database security vendor Guardium for $225 million.
Reports of the deal first surfaced late last week in Israeli newspaper TheMarker. Officials at
IBMdeclined to comment on the rumors. If it goes forward, the deal would be a significant acquisition in the database activity monitoring space, which earlier this year saw Netezza purchase Tizor Systems.
Founded in 2002, Waltham, Mass.-based Guardium's product line spans
database monitoring, enforcement, reporting and vulnerability
assessment. The Guardium platform includes support for database
products not only
from IBM , but also Oracle, Microsoft, Teradata, Sybase and Sun Microsystems (MySQL).
Guardium competes with a number of companies, including Application Security, Sentrigo and Imperva.
Industry analyst Adrian Lane blogged Nov. 29 that
IBMhas been interested in database activity monitoring (DAM) for many years, and that Guardium fits nicely with their portfolio.
"Guardium is one
of the only firms still standing with a mainframe monitoring solution,
which is a major prerequisite for much of
IBM's customer base," blogged Lane, an analyst with Securosis. "From the
the functionality makes sense and fits well into some of their existing
security products. From an architectural standpoint, integration (as
opposed to just sharing data and events) will be a challenge."