IBM announced plans to purchase DataMirror, a provider of data protection and integration tools, and meld its technology into IBMs Information Management Server.
Under the terms of the deal, IBM will buy DataMirror, based in Markham, Ontario, for approximately $161 million. DataMirror technology identifies and captures data that has been added, deleted or updated and allows that data to be delivered in real time to processes, applications and databases. According to officials at IBM, the move would give Big Blue DataMirrors ability to uncover information changes within a broad range of data sources—including DB2, Oracle, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server—and allow the altered data to be fed into IBM Information Server for real-time integration and delivery.
DataMirror also offers heterogeneous data replication and synchronization capabilities, as well as high availability disaster recovery to complement IBM Information Server, officials said.
"The addition of DataMirror technology to our Information on Demand portfolio will further our ability to help customers sort through and integrate tremendous amounts of business information to rapidly respond to changing market conditions and dramatically increasing data volumes," said Paraic Sweeney, vice president of Product Management for IBM Information Management Software.
IBMs Dynamic Warehousing offerings will benefit from DataMirror technology by enabling customers to incorporate the most recently changed information into operational-oriented business intelligence and use the information and analytics as part of real-time business processes.
If the acquisition is approved, DataMirror will become part of IBMs Information Management Software unit. The deal is slated to close in the third quarter of 2007.
DataMirror has some 220 employees in offices around the globe.