ARM Capabilities Propel IBM's Efforts to Build a Comprehensive AI-powered Automation Portfolio

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Planned acquisition of Turbonomic will make IBM the only company with AI-powered Automation capabilities that span business and IT.

Supply and demand: This phrase is easy to understand when talking about physical goods. In a digital-first world, it can be applied to the need for organizations to balance their supply of IT resources and the demand put on them by users. Applications are one of the biggest pain points for organizations because they want to create demand for these tools, but it can be difficult to manage their performance across hybrid and multicloud environments. This can lead to significant problems, such as IT departments spending too much time focused on trouble shooting vs. innovating, wasting dollars and delivering poor response times to customers.

Application resource management (ARM) can help by matching an organization’s supply of IT resources — such as containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks and databases — to the applications that need them. Through increased visibility, insights and automated actions from ARM, organizations can prevent problems and minimize troubleshooting, helping their employees reclaim up to 50% of their time to focus on what matters most.

ARM is a key component of AI-powered Automation. It is why IBM plans to acquire Turbonomic, an ARM and Network Performance Management software provider and existing IBM partner. With Turbonomic, IBM will be the only company to provide customers with AI-powered Automation capabilities for its entire organization — from AIOps to application and infrastructure observability.

The planned acquisition is good news for customers because it will help them overcome the high financial and employee productivity costs caused by a lack of proper resource management. This is because Turbonomic technology will allow organizations to monitor the performance of their applications wherever they run and better manage the performance and availability of applications across their entire enterprise.

Turbonomic is the most recent in a series of acquisitions IBM has announced as part of its investment in AI-powered Automation, but also its broader Hybrid Cloud and AI strategy. Here is why the Turbonomic news is important:

  1. Turbonomic’s capabilities complement those of another recently acquired company — Instana. The integrated capabilities of Turbonomic, Instana, and IBM Cloud Pak® for Watson AIOps will enable customers to do the following:
    • Observe their entire application and infrastructure stack and gain a real-time understanding of the environment with Instana.
    • Optimize the efficiency of their environment with Turbonomic.
    • Automate IT availability with Watson AIOps.
    • Plus, the capabilities will be built on Red Hat OpenShift to run across any cloud.
  2. The planned acquisition of Turbonomic includes ParkMyCloud, a cost optimization tool that makes it easier for organizations to reduce their public cloud costs and spending for development and test workloads.
  3. As 5G adoption continues to grow, organizations are also looking to move workloads to the edge. IBM will leverage Turbonomic’s products to help our customers understand how and when to place workloads across the network and ways to optimize applications running in 5G environments.

The move to AI-powered Automation will help organizations succeed in a digital-first world. I know this because IBM Automation solutions have already helped thousands of customers make IT and business processes more efficient, their employees be more effective and their organizations successful.

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The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. We anticipate closing in the second quarter. 

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