IBM strengthens in AI and hybrid cloud with new acquisition

by bold-lichterman

The American IT giant IBM is pursuing its ambitions in the hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence with the acquisition of the German-American startup Instana, specializing in the performance management of applications in the cloud. If the amount of the operation has not been communicated, we know that the startup has raised $ 57 million since its launch. The transaction is expected to close in a few months.

Launched in 2015 by Pete Abrams, Mirko Novakovic, Fabian Lange and Pavlo Baron, Instana is developing an APM (Application Performance Monitoring) solution allowing companies to manage the performance of complex cloud-native applications. When integrated with IBM, the solution will enable enterprises to optimize application management in the hybrid cloud, and will offer SaaS and on-premises solutions, depending on customer needs.

Our customers today are faced with managing a complex technology landscape filled with mission-critical data and applications that run in a variety of hybrid cloud environments – public clouds, private clouds and on-premises ”, comments Rob Thomas, Senior Vice President of Cloud and Data Platform at IBM. “ The acquisition of Instana is another important step we are taking in providing businesses with the most comprehensive portfolio of AI-automated solutions.

Focus on the cloud

The acquisition comes a month after IBM announced last October that it intends to split up its infrastructure management activities to focus on the cloud. Indeed, the American giant wants to bring together its hosting and service and infrastructure management activities by the end of 2021. It claims an order book of $ 60 billion in these activities.

The acquisition of Instana is therefore part of this strategy aimed at strengthening itself in AI and hybrid cloud. IBM also launched an AI-based offering at the start of the year. Dubbed IBM Watson AIOps, it automates the way businesses detect, diagnose and respond to IT anomalies in real time. The American giant also acquired WDG Automation, specializing in intelligent automation using software robots, and extended its partnership with ServiceNow, to develop a common solution aimed at reducing operational risks and costs in companies thanks to to AI.