IBM Announces Completed Acquisition of EZSource
The two vendors aim to accelerate companies' adoption of hybrid cloud solutions.
Posted Jun 27, 2016
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Today, IBM announced that it has completed its acquisition of application understanding and management company EZSource, which looks to help developers better understand and visualize software. Together, the two companies aim to empower clients by unlocking application code on IBM’s z Systems mainframe computers, with the goal of accelerating companies' adoption of hybrid cloud solutions.

Founded in 2003 under the name EZLegacy, EZSource relies on compilation theory and static code analysis to gain insight into the performance of large-scale, cross-platform applications. EZSource customers, which include financial institutions, consumer goods manufacturers, global transportation companies, and software vendors, have relied on the platform to analyze applications running on both mainframe and open systems.

EZSource provides accurate views of applications by synchronizing with existing source configuration management systems. The solution boasts an automatically updated inventory of application components and details through a structured mapping hierarchy, providing information on application complexity, interdependencies, and quality.

According to Mike Perara, vice president of z Systems Software at IBM, EZSource delivers three key offerings. First, the platform supplies graphical visualizations and reports on applications. Second, it features a dashboard with multiple categories of application metrics for managers and executives. Finally, its server integrates with third-party source code management, workload automation, and CMDB tooling systems to provide application infrastructure mapping and automatic repository updates.

"[EZSource] offers an application discovery and understanding product suite, supporting the majority of the z Systems ecosystem across various programming languages, databases, source code management and change systems, and workload schedulers," Perara says via email.

IBM z Systems has a number of key capabilities. First, it provides a cloud platform for enterprise transactions, systems of record, and application workloads. Second, it features real-time analytics that draw upon both current and historical data. Third, it has built-in enterprise security capabilities that aim to simplify complex security processes. Fourth, it is capable of scaling large amounts of transaction rates. Finally, it features a Linux solution that looks to simplify data centers.

Together, the two platforms will help developers identify and change parts of applications intended to connect to hybrid cloud solutions through application programming interfaces. IBM offers expertise in digital transformation, API economy, hybrid cloud, and enterprise DevOps; EZSource provides a means of understanding and analyzing applications.

"The EZ Source portfolio already integrates with IBM Rational Developer for z, Rational Team Concert, and IBM Workload Scheduler," Perara says via email. "There are a number of opportunities to further complement existing capabilities in DevOps, hybrid cloud, API management, and application life cycle management, as well as other solutions within z Systems, and across IBM that we'll be announcing in the future."

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