IBM to Buy StoredIQ for Big Data Portfolio
IBM announced an agreement to acquire software maker StoredIQ to add to Big Blue's beefy big data analytics stable.IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire StoredIQ, a provider of solutions for handling unstructured enterprise data. Financial terms of the deal to acquire the privately held Austin, Texas-based software company were not disclosed. However, the move bolsters IBM's big data analytics initiatives by expanding Big Blue's Information Lifecycle Governance (ILG) suite, which helps companies analyze, automate and implement governance policies across big data and dispose of that information in an automated way. StoredIQ will advance IBM's efforts to help clients derive value from big data and respond more efficiently to litigation and regulations, dispose of information that has outlived its purpose and lower data storage costs, IBM officials said. The addition of StoredIQ capabilities also enables IBM customers to find and use unstructured information of value. IBM has invested more than $16 billion in more than 30 analytics-related acquisitions. In 2012 alone, IBM closed nine acquisitions, including Kenexa, Tealeaf, Vivisimo, Varicent, Worklight, Green Hat, Emptoris, DemandTec and Platform Computing. The StoredIQ acquisition also builds on the 2010 acquisition of PSS Systems and Vivisimo and adds to IBM's capabilities in rapid discovery, effective governance and timely disposal of data, the company said.
According to analyst reports, an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day, IBM said. Data volume growth now far exceeds budget and revenue growth rates for most organizations, and it overwhelms legal hold processes, records and retention management, and allocation and decommissioning of applications. In fact, information volume doubles every 18 to 24 months in most organizations.