IBM has announced that it plans to acquire Vallent Corporation,
a privately-held U.S. company that provides network performance
monitoring and service management software for wireless service
providers. Vallent’s software lets service providers manage
their network infrastructure performance by monitoring and
reporting problem areas such as dropped calls and traffic
bottlenecks. It also helps operators improve the quality of
wireless service and identify network problems before they affect
the customer experience.
IBM believes that the combination of Vallent’s software
with IBM’s management capabilities will allow service
providers to deliver and manage end-to-end high-quality services
across wire line, wireless, IP, and converged fixed/mobile network
infrastructures. The product will be added to IBM’s Tivoli
software Netcool portfolio to create a broad set of service
assurance capabilities, including fault, network performance, and
service quality management over various technologies and
third-party equipment and applications. IBM acquired the Netcool
assets in February of 2006 when it purchased Micromuse.
When IBM acquired Micromuse earlier this year, it inherited the
Netcool capabilities to manage wireless infrastructure and IP-based
services. While this added to IBM’s capabilities, there was
still some concern that IBM was not fully committed to the service
provider network, particularly on the wireless side. Vallent
provides the ability to manage wireless radio access networks,
which should be a good fit with the Netcool products. Vallent can
also address a broader set of service management issues, according
to IBM, from handsets and base stations to IP application servers.
IBM believes that these newly acquired capabilities should give
service providers the confidence that IBM is fully committed to
them and their markets.
We’ve noted before that IBM is one of the vendors keen to
be a leader in the management space. Leadership in management
clearly extends beyond the classic enterprise data center
infrastructure to commercial data center infrastructure that
service providers are building out for their clients. In this space
wireless is one of the strategic plays that demands competence and
robust services beyond those required of the traditional corporate
data center. Integrating Vallent will provide IBM with those
capabilities, and Vallent brings a range of international clients
that will boost IBM’s portfolio. Current Vallent customers
stand to win as they inherit the IBM’s deep capabilities
across technologies and prospective clients will now be able to
consider IBM and Tivoli in their list of prospective vendors.
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