Those in the know weren't surprised to hear IBM had acquired integration vendor Cast Iron.
I, of course, was shocked. I don't have a good reason to be shocked. I guess my surprise stems from the fact I'd just interviewed Chandar Pattabhiram, vice president of Channel and Product Marketing for Cast Iron, last month about the company's recent release of OmniConnect, a new cloud integration platform. And this is the second or third time I've interviewed a company only to learn weeks later that they've been bought out by a bigger vendor.
It's making me a little paranoid, to be honest with you.
The Twitter buzz on the deal seems to be generally positive. Analyst Judith Hurwitz heard the news at this week's IBM Impact, which can be viewed via LiveStream, and declared it a "Good choice!"
"IBM buys Cast Iron Systems for cloud integration - a no-brainer," wrote Neil Ward-Dutton, the research director at MWD Advisors.
Why would IBM want Cast Iron? Here are seven reasons:
As for what Cast Iron gets out of the deal - well, that's anybody's guess. The details of the acquisition aren't being disclosed. IBM has said it will add the 75 Cast Iron employees to its own payroll.
One veteran IT analyst and writer did have a theory, however. Curt Monash believes Cast Iron needed to be rescued. He even titled his blog post, "IBM puts Cast Iron Systems out of its misery." That said, he didn't offer any specific evidence to support this claim, other than writing, "...Cast Iron has been pretty hard to get a hold of, and I also couldn't find anybody (competitor, friend of management, whatever) who believed Cast Iron was doing particularly well."