IBM is to add "orchestrated provisioning" tools to some of its software, hardware and service offerings through the acquisition of software company Think Dynamics.
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IBM said the tools will form a key part of its "services on-demand" strategy of quickly providing customers with needed capacity and IT services as they are required.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
IBM spokesman John Crow said the Think Dynamics acquisition brings in additional provisioning capabilities for customers across all IT systems.
Until now, IBM had systems in place for provisioning individual IT needs, including storage, users and web servers. But with the Think Dynamics Think Control Suite, provisioning could be carried out for all systems at once for the entire application stack, providing a deeper range of control for customers.
Based on autonomic technology, orchestrated provisioning obtains real-time feedback on the state of the IT environment, checks the status against business policies and reallocates a broad variety of computing resources, including servers, middleware, applications, storage systems and network interfaces.
The software can support provisioning of multiple platforms such as Linux, Unix or Windows, and enables the provisioning of new systems and reprovisioning of existing IT resources.
IBM will manage the latest offerings under its Tivoli management tools brand but they will also be offered with hardware and software.
The 36 employees at Think Dynamics will become IBM employees.
Last November, Sun Microsystems bought provisioning supplier Terraspring, and the following month storage software company Veritas bought Jareva Technologies.