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IBM Adds Network Automation Software Maker

Telecommunications vendors are constantly adding new equipment to their datacenters to keep pace surging mobile and data management demand. Enterprise Networking Planet reviews IBM's latest purchase and how it will fit in with the company's overall network automation software strategy.

IBM on Tuesday announced the latest in a steady string of acquisitions over the past few months, adding Intelliden, a privately held developer of network automation software applications.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Privately held Intelliden's software is used by telecommunications providers like Telecom Italia, TELUS and Cbeyond to automate and optimize the configuration of hubs, routers and switches.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company will become part of IBM's Tivoli software unit.

"The typical company is managing a more complex and ever changing infrastructure—stretched across digital and physical assets," Al Zollar, general manager of IBM's Tivoli unit, said in a statement. "Companies are managing a virtualized computing layer that more than ever relies on the network. Intelliden's intelligent network automation is an important addition to IBM's portfolio to extend automation across all business and IT assets."

Company officials said more than 60 percent of network outages are caused by manual configuration mistakes.

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IBM Stays Aggressive With Intelliden Networking Automation Buy