IBM acquires cloud computing firm CSL International

Sooraj Shah| Computing

IBM has bought Israeli virtualisation management technology provider CSL International as it looks to bolster its portfolio of cloud technologies and services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The privately held firm’s technology is to be integrated into IBM’s zEnterprise system. CSL’s CSL-WAVE software is a monitoring and management tool for IBM’s VM hypervisor zVM, and Linux on System z environments, allowing clients to manage CPU, memory, storage, and network resources.

“As clients create smarter computing environments, they are looking for ways to manage IT costs and complexity without sacrificing security or the ability to scale,” said Greg Lotko, IBM business line executive, System z.

“The response from clients to the advantages of Linux on System z has been tremendous, with the shipped capacity nearly doubling in the first quarter year to year. With the acquisition of CSL International, IBM expands its cloud virtualisation capabilities, making it even easier for clients to take advantage of Linux on System z,” he added.

The acquisition follows IBM’s $2bn purchase of cloud computing services firm SoftLayer last month, which it has integrated with its SmartCloud portfolio. The technology giant expects its cloud services to generate $7bn a year by the end of 2015.

CSL International is headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. IBM did not comment on any changes to personnel as a result of the acquisition.


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