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Spending Spree: IBM's 2010 Acquisitions

  • Spending Spree: IBM's 2010 Acquisitions-

    Who: Blade Network Technologies, provider of blade server and top-of-rack switches and virtualization software

    Amount: $400 million

    Why: The two companies were already partners, but as CTO Edge’s Dan Berthiaume explains:

    As a result of the purchase, Blade's switches will be brought closer to IBM systems and then pass information to the core networking layer, which IBM hopes will optimize systems performance.

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Spending Spree: IBM's 2010 Acquisitions

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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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