IBM (NYSE:IBM)   has announced definitive plans to acquire Arsenal Digital Solutions, a Cary, N.C.-based on-demand data protection solutions firm. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected in the first quarter of 2008, Arsenal will become part of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Services business unit of IBM Global Technology Services.

Arsenal's comprehensive suite of information protection solutions includes its scalable on-demand services architecture, which allows for automated infrastructure management. Through the deal, IBM will be able to offer its clients security-rich information protection services. These will complement its existing Tivoli data protection offerings and System Storage solutions.

"IBM's leading business continuity and resiliency services, combined with managed services from Arsenal, give IBM the most comprehensive range of information protection services, and provide clients the ability to back up and protect their information in a way that is integrated with their business continuity plan," Philippe Jarre, vice president of IBM Global Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, said in a statement.

Published on: Dec 3, 2007