IBM expects the global cloud computing market to grow from $47 billion in 2008 to $126 billion by 2012. With those figures in mind, the company has purchased Cast Iron Systems for an undisclosed sum in order to beef up its cloud computing offerings.
Cast Iron’s technology makes it possible for companies to complete cloud integrations in days instead of weeks and eliminates much of the need for custom code. “The integration challenges Cast Iron Systems is tackling are crucial to clients who are looking to adopt alternative delivery models to manage their businesses,” said IBM’s Craig Hayman. “The combination of IBM and Cast Iron Systems will make it easy for clients to integrate business applications, no matter where those applications reside. This will give clients greater agility and, as a result, better business outcomes.”