IBM snaps up Sterling Commerce for $1.4 billion

IBM strengthened its cloud computing services by spending 1.4 billion dollars on business-to-business software maker Sterling Commerce.

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IBM acquires Sterling Commerce
Days after noting at an investor conference that it planned to increase revenue through acquisitions, IBM made a big splash in that very department by purchasing Sterling Commerce from AT&T for $1.4 billion.

Sterling Commerce makes applications that help businesses share and transfer data across networks. Big Blue says the move will help organizations by "simplifying and automating the way they connect and communicate" through on-premise and cloud computing delivery models. Craig Hayman, the general manager of IBM's WebSphere business noted that the cloud aspect of Sterling's business made it even more enticing to customers.

Feds making the push for more cloud services
The federal government has released a procurement notice for cloud storage services, virtual machines, and cloud Web hosting services in an attempt to speed the accessibility of cloud computing through the Apps.gov website.

The original request, much like the adoption of public cloud services by enterprises, had been delayed due to questions over security requirements.

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