The new brand—Rocket iCluster—will be lodged within the Rocket Storage, Networks and Compliance group.
Rocket Software, Inc. announced today that it has closed the acquisition of the iCluster business from IBM. iCluster offers software for high availability/disaster recovery (HA/DR) for IBM i. The iCluster team will be joining Rocket Software's global organization of more than 900 employees and become a new brand–Rocket iCluster–within the Rocket Storage, Networks and Compliance group.
Andy Youniss, president and chief executive officer of Rocket Software, said, "We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition. We believe that iCluster’s HA/DR offerings are a perfect complement to Rocket’s storage solutions and will help address the business continuity needs of our customers. In addition, developing and providing solutions for IBM i is a core focus area for Rocket, where we have multiple brands on this platform. We plan to continue investing in Rocket iCluster to deliver new features and functionality and will work to further enhance this solution for HA/DR on IBM i. Most importantly, we want to assure our new Rocket iCluster business partners and customers that Rocket Software is committed to helping you achieve success with this solution."
Over the coming months, Rocket Software will be working to establish direct relationships with iCluster partners, and introduce them to Rocket Software. During the transition of business operations, partners may continue to order iCluster from IBM as they do today. In addition, Rocket is working closely with IBM to ensure that customer support needs are seamlessly managed and support delivery is unaffected. In most cases, the product contacts with whom partners work today will not change given that the entire iCluster team has joined Rocket Software.
Rocket will be hosting two webinars for customers and partners to introduce Rocket, discuss the acquisition and answer any questions. To register for the webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST, please click here. To register for the webinar on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST, click here.