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IBM Plans To Acquire Partner Candle

IBM on Thursday said it plans to acquire longtime partner Candle Corp., combining its technology with Big Blue's software for managing distributed systems from databases to servers.

The acquisition is the latest in more than a dozen purchases by IBM's software group since 2001, which most recently included Trigo Technologies Inc. last month and Green Pastures in December.

Candle, which has been an IBM partner since 1976, sells software for managing back-end corporate systems. The company's tools are designed to improve the performance of mainframe applications, databases and application infrastructure software.

IBM plans to integrate the tools in several of its product lines, including the DB2 database, Tivoli management suite and the Java-based WebSphere line of infrastructure software. Candle is also capable of managing IBM's zSeries, Linux, Unix and Windows platforms.

"Combining the two companies will offer our customers a more comprehensive set of solutions, which will enable IT to deliver greater business value," Aubrey Chernick, chairman and chief executive of Candle, said in a statement.

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