IBM has announced 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 said Feb. 16.
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 Tivoli brand.
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.