(The Hosting News) – IBM has announced today that they have acquired the database-as-a-service provider, Cloudant, as a way to extend the companies services to its customers.
With this acquisition, IBM intends to enhance its Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Mobile offering to clients, states IBM’s press release.
“IBM is leading the charge in helping its clients take advantage of big data, cloud and mobile,” stated IBM VP of Databases & Data Warehousing, Sean Poulley. “Cloudant sits squarely at the nexus of these three key transformational areas and enables clients to rapidly deliver an entirely new level of innovative, engaging and data-rich apps to the marketplace.”
Cloudant’s services will offer IBM’s MobileFirst solutions developers who use Worklight to create “flexible, reliable and scalable apps that include a variety of structured and unstructured data.”
Additionally, IBM’s cloud solutions developers will be provided the tools to be build and test reliable cloud apps on various hosting platforms.
“Cloudant’s decision to join IBM highlights that the next wave of enterprise technology innovation has moved beyond infrastructure and is now happening at the data layer,” said Cloudant CEO Derek Schoettle. “Our relationship with IBM and SoftLayer has evolved significantly in recent years, with more connected devices generating data at an unprecedented rate. Cloudant’s NoSQL expertise, combined with IBM’s enterprise reliability and resources, adds data layer services to the IBM portfolio that others can’t match.”
IBM’s acquisition of the Boston based company is expected to be finalized by the first quarter of 2014.