December 1, 2009 – IBM acquired Guardium, a real-time enterprise data monitoring and protection software company, yesterday.

The acquisition of privately held Guardium will enable IBM clients to maintain information infrastructures by continuously monitoring access and activity, protecting databases against internal and external threats, according to the company release. IBM customers will also be able to streamline compliance processes with centralized and automated controls for all major platforms.

The acquisition is one of more than 90 that have taken place for IBM since 2003, and number 28 in the information management field, according to Arvind Krishna, General Manager for IBM Information Management.

This acquisition extends IBM’s business analytics strategy, said Krishna. Designed for cross-platform environments, Guardium’s technology identifies patterns and anomalies in data access and usage, allowing organizations to maintain the integrity of their data and turn it into a strategic business asset.

“The integrity of data is critical if an organization is going to use data as a strategic asset,” Krishna said.

Guardium has approximately 400 customers that span all the major vertical markets, according to Ram Metser, CEO, Guardium. The company has experienced rapid growth, particularly in the last three years, growing approximately 60 percent year over year.

IBM is expected to increase Guardium’s previously established traction in the marketplace. “We expect recent growth to pick up speed with access to IBM’s vast resources,” Mester said. “We feel this will allow us to gain the market leadership to become a worldwide leading technology.”

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