IBM acquires Pliant to enhance network and IT infrastructure automation capabilities

IBM has recently announced its acquisition of Pliant, a  provider of network and IT infrastructure automation solutions. This move bolsters IBM’s capabilities in automating essential tasks related to network and IT infrastructure, abstracting these functions to the application layer. This enables applications and developers to have greater control over provisioning and managing infrastructure directly within their applications, streamlining operations, according to the company’s statements.

As enterprise network environments grow increasingly dynamic and complex, IT teams require automation tools to maximize efficiency across their technology stack. With Pliant’s acquisition, IBM aims to simplify infrastructure and network automation for clients, providing a secure tool that seamlessly automates, integrates, and connects platforms, services, and applications within their environments.

Founded in 2017, Pliant offers a wide range of out-of-the-box integrations with third-party vendors and supports the integration of technologies with APIs or command line interfaces (CLIs). It complements other API approaches and supports deployments in private clouds and on-premises data centers.

Pliant’s automation solutions are available as both client-managed software and a SaaS product. Its design philosophy aligns with IBM’s vision to expand its product portfolio by leveraging low-code and no-code capabilities, making IT tools and skills accessible to a broader range of developers and engineers.

This acquisition underscores IBM’s commitment to innovation through a combination of R&D and strategic acquisitions. It extends IBM’s software portfolio, enhancing products like SevOne, Cloud Pak for Network Automation (CP4NA), Hybrid Cloud Mesh (HCM), IBM NS1 Connect, and Edge Application Manager. These solutions empower enterprises with observability, connectivity, control, and automation across hybrid cloud environments.

This announcement marks IBM’s second acquisition in 2024. Under the leadership of CEO Arvind Krishna since April 2020, IBM has acquired over 40 companies to strengthen its capabilities in hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

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