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April 1, 2004

IBM holds a Candle to infrastructure management

The renewed consolidation of the systems management market is continuing apace with IBM Corp the latest to open its wallet to add the infrastructure management vendor Candle Corp to its Tivoli business.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM did not disclose the financial terms of its acquisition of privately held Candle but did say that it will use Candle’s data center optimization and application infrastructure management technologies to boost its on demand management initiatives.

El Segundo, California-based Candle has always had something of a symbiotic relationship with IBM. It has always been strong in the development of solutions for the IBM mainframe environment and it was here that it started out with its Omegamon products for managing mainframe systems.

Since then, it has evolved its technologies to adapt to the needs of Unix, distributed environments, client-server applications and e-business, but has never lost any of its early IBM focus. In recent years IBM’s MQ Series messaging products have become a core component of the Candle strategy.

Candle has been an IBM Business Partner since our founding in 1976 and we’ve always taken synergistic paths with our technologies and strategies, said Aubrey Chernick, chairman and CEO of Candle. Combining the two companies will offer our customers a more comprehensive set of solutions, which will enable IT to deliver greater business value.

Candle products today include the Omegamon products for monitoring system availability and performance, Omegamon DE for integration, PathWAI for application infrastructure management, AF/Operator for performance and console automation of z/OS environments, and IntelliWatch Pinnacle for Lotus Notes management.

Candle brings award-winning infrastructure management expertise and technology to the IBM software portfolio. Together we will provide customers with powerful capabilities for managing end-to-end infrastructure, processes and applications, which are key requirements for the on demand operating environment, said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of IBM’s Software Group. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2004.

This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire

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