IBM Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire CSL International For Strengthening its ‘System z’ Portfolio

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Four days after closing the Softlayer acquisition, IBM today announced definitive agreement to acquire CSL International, a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel.

With the acquisition of CSL International, IBM expands its cloud virtualization capabilities, making it even easier for clients to take advantage of Linux on System z.
– Greg Lotko, IBM business line executive, System z.Greg Lotko, IBM business line executive, System z

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

CSL Internationl provides a virtualization management technology for IBM’s zEnterprise system.

The move, which IBM terms as a strategic investment in the ‘System z’ portfolio, deepens company’s consolidation and cloud capabilities by offering simplified management of the virtualization environment.

The zEnterprise System enables clients to host the workloads of thousands of commodity servers on a single system for simplification, improved security and cost reduction.

CSL-WAVE software, CSL International’s key offering, helps companies monitor and manage their z/VM and Linux on System z environments with its easy-to-use interface that provides drag and drop simplicity to instantly create, discover, visualize and connect virtual servers to resources.

The combination of IBM and CSL International technologies will enable clients to manage all aspects of z/VM and Linux on System z virtualization, including CPU, memory, storage, and network resources.

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013.