IBM to Acquire HashiCorp for $6.4 Billion

IBM has announced its definitive agreement to acquire HashiCorp Inc., a leading multi-cloud infrastructure automation company, for $6.4 billion. This strategic move underscores IBM's commitment to hybrid cloud and AI technologies, positioning itself to address the complex challenges faced by enterprises in managing diverse infrastructure across public and private clouds, as well as on-premises environments. The acquisition is expected to enhance IBM's portfolio with HashiCorp's suite of products, which provide extensive Infrastructure Lifecycle Management and Security Lifecycle Management capabilities, enabling organizations to automate their hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

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Arvind Krishna, IBM's Chairman and CEO, emphasized the growing importance of effective management and automation in the face of increasing infrastructure complexity and the rise of cloud-native workloads. With HashiCorp's proven track record in enabling clients to manage infrastructure and application sprawl, IBM aims to create a comprehensive hybrid cloud platform tailored for the AI era. This acquisition is anticipated to drive significant synergies, including the simplification of provisioning and configuration of applications across hybrid cloud environments, and accelerate IBM's growth profile with product and go-to-market synergies. Pending regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2024.

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