Dear VC Partner,
Earlier this week, IBM announced that it acquired Guardium, a privately held venture capital-backed company based in Waltham, Massachusetts. You can read the IBM press release here.
As you may be aware, Guardium is a leading vendor of database activity monitoring and protection solutions. Guardium develops and markets a widely-used solution to protect the integrity of enterprise data via real-time monitoring of access and activity. Guardium technology monitors data access from legitimate users and potential hackers, making it safer for companies to put their data to work.
This acquisition further demonstrates IBM's commitment to help clients realize the benefits of business analytics. Guardium marks the 28th acquisition in support of IBM's global Information Management strategy and is approximately the 90th acquisition for IBM since 2003.
The acquisition of Guardium by IBM is another proof point of our strong relationships with premier global venture capital firms. In this instance, one of Guardium's investors is Israeli-based Veritas Venture Partners, with whom we have a relationship. Over the last five years, the IBM Venture Capital Group has served as a catalyst in more than two dozen key IBM acquisitions in critical areas such as analytics, service oriented architecture and security.
Since being introduced into IBM through our Venture Capital Group, Guardium leveraged our IBM Innovation Centers on multiple occasions for testing purposes and has achieved the Optimized level in our partner program. Additionally, Guardium has been supported through our IBM validation programs and was an Information on Demand Specialty partner.
Our unique collaboration with firms like yours continues to foster new partnerships and drive innovation in the marketplace. We look forward to partnering with you to capture new opportunities.
Claudia Fan Munce
Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group
Vice President, IBM Corporate Strategy