IBM announced that it has acquired Gravitant, Inc., a privately held company that develops cloud-based software to help organizations plan, buy and manage, or “broker,” software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid clouds. With such capabilities, mixed environments of private and public clouds can begin to be integrated and digitally managed as one for greater performance and efficiency.
Gravitant solutions are intended to enable anyone from IT managers to authorized employees to review and purchase compute and software services from different suppliers, as well as compare capabilities and pricing, all through a central console. Once purchased, the technology can be offered as a service and managed from the same console for more visibility into how the services are being used.
"The reality of enterprise IT is that it is many clouds with many characteristics, whether they be economic, capacity or security,” said Martin Jetter, senior vice president of global technology services at IBM. “Gravitant provides an innovative approach to add choice and simplicity to how enterprises can now manage their environments. It will be a key component as we broaden our hybrid cloud services."
IBM plans to integrate the Gravitant capabilities into the IBM Global Technology Services unit. In addition, IBM Cloud plans to integrate the capabilities into Software-as-a-Service offerings.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
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