Spending Spree: IBM's 2010 Acquisitions - Slide 7

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Who: Intelliden, maker of network automation software

Amount: Undisclosed

Why: The Data Center Journal explains:

This move … allows IBM to offer a product that improves integration between servers and network. IBM can now cater to all major components of the data center industry -- networking, storage, and servers. IBM can offer easier integration to deliver optimum workloads, high speed, and low-latency performance.

Earlier this year, IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano laid out a five-year, $20 billion acquisition plan. Those acquisitions are expected to be concentrated in business analytics and optimization, as well as cloud computing and technology in areas such as traffic management, energy and health.

Indeed, IBM has been on a spending spree this year, snatching up companies that offer technologies ranging from cross-channel commerce to cloud integration, from real-time data compression to marketing.

Here’s a list of IBM’s acquisitions in 2010 -- so far – from bringing in network strengths to cutting edge security and analytics.

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