IBM Acquires Pliant to Boost Network IT Automation

IBM is acquiring Pliant, a leading provider of network and IT infrastructure automation products, adding essential capabilities to automate network and IT infrastructure tasks and abstract these functions to the application layer.

These optimizations include infrastructure resource provisioning and management, traffic management, and configuration management for both traditional network and IT infrastructure and public clouds.

With the acquisition of Pliant, IBM will provide clients the ability to radically simplify the automation of their infrastructure and network with a tool that securely automates, integrates, and connects the platforms, services, and applications within their environments.

Pliant is complementary with other API approaches and supports deployments in private clouds and on-premises data centers.

Delivered as both a client managed software and SaaS product, Pliant’s design approach to automation aligns with IBM’s vision to build and grow a product portfolio that leverages low-code and no-code capabilities to make IT tools and skills accessible to a wider range of developers and engineers.

Pliant is the latest example of how IBM is innovating through a combination of R&D and strategic acquisitions to deliver the data, AI, and automation solutions that businesses need to manage an increasingly complex network infrastructure.

The acquisition will extend the current Software portfolio—SevOne, Cloud Pak for Network Automation (CP4NA), Hybrid Cloud Mesh (HCM), IBM NS1 Connect and Edge Application Manager—to provide enterprises with products that enable network infrastructure observability, connectivity, control, and automation across hybrid cloud environments.

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