Cast Iron's move to integration-as-a-service was a bit perplexing to me, with Boomi and others already in that space. However, with everyone "cloudwashing," I suspect the temptation for Cast Iron was just too great. Also, that may have been why IBM bought the company. I view Cast Iron's core competitors to be Boomi, Pervasive Software, and DataDirect, along with a few other smaller players such as JitterBit and BlueWolf, all mostly second-generation application integration players.
Is Cast Iron a good acquisition for IBM? Time will have to tell. It clearly offers features that IBM did not have, which is always good for a purchase. Right now the list of IBM acquisitions is rather long, and the company can now check off the integration-as-a-service box.
This article, "What IBM's purchase of Cast Iron means," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Linthicum's Cloud Computing blog and follow the latest developments in cloud computing at InfoWorld.com.