IBM has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies for an undisclosed amount. IBM entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer a month back in a bid to strengthen its position in cloud computing.
IBM has also announced that Flow, Inc will now stream its real-time data analytics based on IBM SmartCloud and the SoftLayer technology platform.
IBM plans to provide clients with real-time integrated solutions based on Flow, the SoftLayer technology and IBM SmartCloud, which will enable them to send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business.
– Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.
“We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized,” said Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.
“Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream,” he added.
With the combination of Flow and SoftLayer software, IBM clients will be able to connect, process and route real-time data to and from any number of enterprise applications, analytics and mobile services.
IBM has formed a new IBM Cloud Services division which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform. The said division, led by James Comfort, General Manager, IBM, will thus provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, enterprises, channel partners and technology partners.
While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services for a broader range of clients, including SMBs
“Cloud computing provides a profound and transformative change in business and government,” said James.
“With SoftLayer in IBM’s portfolio, it will be easier and faster for organizations to adopt game-changing cloud services,” he added.
The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing.
IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.
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