IT services giant IBM just announced the acquisition of Mountain View-based startup Cast Iron Systems, a maker of cloud computing software, applicances and services. IBM’s goal is to provide a canned solution for its client companies that seek to deliver their services through cloud-based systems for better scalability and easier management.

A press release from IBM avoided naming the exact sale price. But it details where Cast Iron Systems fits into the IBM cosmology:

With the addition of Cast Iron Systems to its portfolio, IBM will be able to offer clients a complete platform to integrate cloud applications from providers including Salesforce.com, Amazon, NetSuite and ADP with on-premise applications, such as SAP and JD Edwards. Using Cast Iron Systems’ hundreds of pre-built templates and services expertise, expensive custom coding can be eliminated, allowing cloud integrations to be completed in the space of days, rather than weeks or longer. These results can be achieved using a physical appliance, a virtual appliance or a cloud service.

Cast Iron Systems, founded in 2001, received $16.5 million in funding in 2007 led by a co-investment between Sequoia Capital and hedge fund Artis Capital.