IBM acquires Cyanea

IBM acquires Cyanea

IBM has acquired for an undisclosed amount application monitoring software maker, Cyanea Systems.

In the deal, the company will operate as part of IBM's application management division, and IBM will use Cyanea's Cyanea/One software to round out this new product division, headed up by Cyanea President and CEO, James Chong.

The Cyanea technology will be combined with Tivoli Monitoring for Transaction Performance software and the Pathway technology IBM acquired in April with its purchase of Candle.

Former general manager of Tivoli and now general manager of the Application and Integration Middleware Division (WebSphere), Robert LeBlanc, said the addition of Cyanea's Cyanea/One software would provide the application lifecycle and development insight into application performance and Java 2, Enterprise Edition, would provide the application knowledge needed in Tivoli's offerings.

"Cyanea will provide multiple IT people, from developers to operations, with unique user interfaces while still using a common foundation to determine application problems," LeBlanc said.

"Our software will allow Tivoli software to provide a means to drill down and look closer at the details of the development," Chong said. "It is a little bit higher set of skills than what was available."

He said the majority of application management tools today were based on resource usage and management, but the problem needed to be addressed from an application point of view, not a resource point of view.

Cyanea covered applications from development to testing to production on a common platform, Chong said.

This allowed the software to provide a common language for the three groups of people to communicate more effectively and more quickly determine the causes of application problems and resolve the issues in the necessary realm: development, testing or production.

"This, combined with technology we have at IBM, will offer more depth of application problem determination," LeBlanc said.

IBM said Cyanea would fall under the Tivoli brand and complement WebSphere middleware and Rational application testing software. For Tivoli, Cyanea would integrate for transaction monitoring, application management and zSeries performance tools. For WebSphere, Cyanea would help ensure the success of WebSphere-based implementations by providing troubleshooting capabilities throughout the application lifecycle for areas such as memory management and transaction problems. And for Rational, IBM said Cyanea capabilities would help Rational provide deeper application performance analysis capabilities to WebSphere developers for distributed and host-based WebSphere instances.

Industry watchers said despite IBM's multiple acquisitions and development work toward providing an end-to-end perspective for application management, Big Blue still had some work to do.

Cyanea will be integrated immediately into the IBM Software Group.

Seventy-five Cyanea employees will move to IBM's payroll.

IBM said it would announce a product roadmap emerging from the Cyanea, Candle and Tivoli technology offerings in the next 60 days.

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