IBM plans to acquire virtualisation vendor Transitive, whose software lets applications run on multiple platforms even if they were designed for a single type of microprocessor and operating system.
Transitive's technology is already included in IBM's PowerVMTM software, which lets customers consolidate x86 Linux workloads onto IBM servers. IBM is targeting customers who could benefit by moving from under-utilised servers to mainframe and Power systems.
With Transitive in tow, IBM says it plans to build additional products to make server migrations and consolidations easier to complete. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.