IBM buys Cast Iron

Cloud specialist acquired

IBM bolstered its data-integration portfolio Monday, announcing the acquisition of Cast Iron Systems, which focuses on connecting on-premise systems with cloud-based software.

Cast Iron's capabilities will help IBM customers build hybrid clouds that combine on-premise applications, public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services, and private cloud deployments. Its technology is available as a physical or virtual appliance, or a cloud service, IBM says.

Cast Iron has already built out integrations for many of the top SaaS products, such as Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM on Demand.

Redmonk analyst Michael Coté says IBM company stands to make ample services revenue in connection with developing hybrid clouds.

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