IBM HAS SPENT most of the year buying software companies so it shouldn’t surprise us that it has had its lawyers and bean counters busy this festive season to sign a deal announced today to buy Solid Information Technology.
Solid has bases near JobsWorld in Cupertino and Helsinki* where it develops in-memory database software. This is code that lets data be accessed and read without paging to disk in order to achieve very low latency. Oracle bought into the same sector with the acquisition of TimesTen in 2005.
The Solid portfolio will go straight into IBM’s Information Management Software group in support of those ancient battleships, DB2 and Informix.
Big Blue is still battling the old image of it as a tin-maker and is keen to point out that software now accounts for 20 per cent of its revenues and 40 per cent of its profits. µ
* Helsinki was home to the great composer and legendary drinker Sibelius. On hearing his Fourth Symphony, Benjamin Britten said, "He must have been drunk when he wrote it."
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