IBM just acquired CSL (Computing Solutions Leaders) International, a firm considered to be a leading provider of virtualization management technology for IBM’s zEnterprise system, according to The Algemeiner. The Israeli-based company is a privately held company founded in 2004.
The company came with a relatively cheap $20 million dollar price tag, and is meant to deepen IBM’s cloud capabilities by offering simplified management of the virtualization environment. This is just one more company on IBM’s shopping list, but it could also be a target of convenience.
IBM’s presence in the cloud computing and virtualization space has not been near their close competitors. With HP, Microsoft, and AWS coming on even stronger in the last year, IBM understands that they will need to buy their way into this space.
This acquisition comes on the heels of the SoftLayer buy of just a few weeks ago. While this is not the same in terms of magnitude, the overall strategy is much the same. Expect more purchases this year, on into next.