IBM Acquires ThinkDynamics

Move is a part of IBM's continuing effort to fill out its on-demand computing strategy.

IBM on Wednesday acquired Canadian automation software vendor ThinkDynamics Inc. Officials would not disclose the financial terms of the deal, which has already been completed.

The move is a part of IBMs continuing effort to fill out its on-demand computing strategy. The automated systems management and provisioning technology acquired in the ThinkDynamics deal, dubbed "orchestrated provisioning" by IBM, should allow on-demand computing customers to respond more quickly to business requirements, said IBM officials in Armonk, N.Y. ThinkDynamics core platform, ThinkControl, includes policy-based elements to automate provisioning, service-level management and capacity.

"The ThinkDynamics software will help our customers run a far more efficient infrastructure, which can result in significant savings," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBMs general manager of e-business on demand. "Then they can use those savings to re-invest in innovative projects that help do a better job of solving their business problems."

ThinkDynamics will be folded into IBMs Software Group, and its products will be sold through the companys Tivoli software unit, officials said.

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