IBM has acquired Cast Iron Systems, the leading Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud application integration provider. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Cast Iron Systems has completed thousands of customer integrations around the world since its inception in 2001. The acquisition enhances IBM’s industry-leading WebSphere business integration software portfolio. With Cast Iron Systems, IBM clients can expect fast and flexible SaaS and cloud application integration in the space of days – rather than weeks or longer – and achieve lower cost and higher return on investment in cloud and SaaS models.
In today’s competitive global business environment, companies are recognizing the need to reduce complexity and cost in order to increase their business agility. To do so, many organizations are accessing key business applications using a SaaS or cloud computing model. Analysts estimate that by 2013, worldwide SaaS revenue will grow to $16 billion. The challenge many businesses face in reaping the full potential of SaaS is integration – making new cloud-based applications work with the disparate systems running in their data centers. In the past, this involved time-consuming and resource-draining coding work.
IBM is already known for the industry-leading application integration capabilities it offers for both on-premise and business to business applications. With the addition of Cast Iron Systems to its software portfolio, IBM can offer our clients a complete platform to integrate cloud applications from leading providers including Salesforce.com, Amazon, NetSuite and ADP, with on-premise applications, such as SAP and JD Edwards. Using Cast Iron Systems' hundreds of pre-built templates, expensive custom coding can often be eliminated, allowing for simple and fast application integration. These results can be achieved using a physical appliance, a virtual appliance or a cloud service with attractive entry and pay-as-you-go pricing.
Together, IBM and Cast Iron Systems are driving business value for the adoption of SaaS and cloud computing, supporting today’s dynamic business networks. Learn more at www.castiron.com