IBM Rumored to be in Acquisition Talks with Platform Computing

Yes, I’m writing another post with a connection to the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), though I assure you I have not embarked on an obsessive serialization. That might occur at a later date, most likely involving a different topic, but it’s not on the cards now.

As for this post, the connection to OVA is glancing and tangential, relating to a company that recently joined the association (then again, who hasn’t of late?), but really made its bones — and its money — with workload-management solutions for high-performance computing. Lately, the company in question has gone with the flow and recast itself as a purveyor of private cloud computing solutions. (Again, who hasn’t?)

Talks Relatively Advanced

Yes, we’re talking about Platform Computing, rumored by some dark denizens of the investment-banking community to be a takeover target of none other than IBM. Apparently, according to sources familiar with the situation (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase), the talks are relatively advanced. That said, a deal is not a deal until pen is put to paper.

IBM and Platform first crossed paths, and began working together, many years ago in the HPC community, so their relationship is not a new one. The two companies know each other well.

Rich Heritage in Batch, Workload Management

Platform Computing broadly focuses on two sets of solutions. Its legacy workload-management business is represented by Load Sharing Facility (LSF), which is now part of its cluster-management product portfolio, which — like LSF in its good old days — is targeted squarely at the HPC world. With its rich heritage in batch applications, LSF also is part of Platform’s workload-management software for grid infrastructure.

Like so many others, Platform has refashioned itself as a cloud-computing provider. The company, and some of its customers, found that its core technologies could be adapted and repurposed for the ever-ambiguous private cloud.

Big Data, Too

Perhaps sensitive about being hit by charges of “cloud washing,” Platform contends that it offers “private cloud computing for the real world” through cloud bursting for HPC and private-cloud solutions for enterprise data centers. Not surprisingly given its history, Platform is most convincing and compelling when addressing the requirements of the HPC crowd.

That said, the company has jumped onto the Big Data bandwagon with gusto. It offers Platform MapReduce for vertical markets such as financial services (long a Platform vertical), telecommunications, government (fraud detection and cyber security, regulatory compliance, energy), life sciences, and retail.

Platform recently announced that its ISF, not be confused with LSF, was recognized as a finalist in the “Private Cloud Computing” category for the 2011 Best of VMworld awards. And, of course, to bring this post full circle, Platform was one of 134 new members to join the aforementioned Open Virtualization Association (OVA).

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4 responses to “IBM Rumored to be in Acquisition Talks with Platform Computing

  1. Hi

    So now that IBM has announced its agreement to buy Platform, any estimates on the size of the deal?

    Thanks

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  4. thanks

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