IBM has extended its cloud services capabilities after picking up Californian cloud integration software and services specialist Cast Iron Systems for an undisclosed sum.
IBM said it expects the global cloud market to see CAGR of 28% between 2008 and 2012, when it predicts the sector to be worth over $125bn (£82.7bn) and is keen to take advantage of the trend.
Privately-held Cast Iron develops solutions that enable enterprise customers to integrate cloud-based and SaaS applications with the disparate systems running in their datacentres without having to spend time and money on custom coding.
It claims to be able to complete a cloud integration in a matter of days, as opposed to weeks, through its systems.
"This will give clients greater agility and as a result, better business outcomes," said IBM WebSphere general manager, Craig Hayman.
Big Blue said it plans to rehire all of Cast Iron's 75-strong workforce.