CA is continuing its aggressive push into cloud computing with the acquisition of 3Tera, whose AppLogic product makes it easier for businesses to configure and deploy applications and virtual servers in a cloud environment. The acquisition follows up on previous purchases of such companies as Oblicore, NetQoS and Cassatt.
CA is continuing to build up its cloud computing capabilities with the Feb.
24 acquisition of 3Tera.
CA officials are looking to roll 3Tera's capabilities of
building and deploying cloud services in with offerings already in CA's
portfolio-including Spectrum Automation Manager and Service Assurance-and
technologies gained in the acquisitions of Cassatt
in 2009 and Oblicore in January.
CA officials said the deal should close within the next couple
of weeks, and they expect to quickly start integrating 3Tera into the fold
"Certainly by the time we walk into CA World in May, we
should have a very complete [cloud computing] strategy," Vince Re, senior
vice president of CA's Cloud Products and Solutions Business Line, said in an
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
CA is looking to draw on 3Tera's AppLogic technology to help
customers more easily, efficiently and wisely make the move to cloud computing,
whether it means hosting applications in-house or with a public cloud offering
such as those of Amazon.com, Google or Microsoft.
AppLogic also helps businesses decide which applications are
best suited for cloud computing environments, Re said.
The move is a smart one for CA, according to Forrester Research
analysts James Staten and Glenn O'Donnell. Not only does it expand the
company's cloud computing capabilities, but it also moves it beyond its
traditional boundaries, particularly if you add in the service provider clients
that 3Tera brings with it, the analysts said in a blog post Feb. 24.
"This also takes CA beyond just a management software
company and potentially beyond even just a software company," Staten and
O'Donnell wrote. "The service provider partners form a channel, one that
positions CA as not just a software vendor, but also now a provider of cloud services itself.
Its software portfolio becomes firmly rounded for hybrid cloud
enablement, but this fundamental shift is a major event in the evolution
of CA and its rebirth from the ashes of the dreaded old Computer
Re said 3Tera adds a critical aspect to the company's cloud
computing story. Through its own asset management products, CA can help
customers determine what they have today and what they will need in the future.
and other CA technologies, the company also can help businesses assess
alternatives before making a decision.
With 3Tera and CA's own SAAS (software as a service) offerings,
the vendor now can do a better job of enabling customers to act on those
decisions, Re said.
A key is that AppLogic gives customers a single place to
configure and deploy their applications and virtual server fabrics, he said.
Using an intuitive GUI, businesses can easily pick and choose from a catalog of
preconfigured virtual server and software components to design and deploy
composite applications as a single entity in the cloud.
It's a process that with other vendor products usually can take
days or weeks, but can be done with AppLogic in a matter of minutes, Re said.
Another key, according to Forrester's Staten and O'Donnell, is
that unlike the cloud offerings from Amazon.com, Rackspace and others, 3Tera's
AppLogic has workload management built in, "letting you package multiple
VMs [virtual machines] into a single service and deploy it as one logical
entity and manage it as such."
3Tera customers also will see their virtualization capabilities
expand. CA officials said CA will extend support of 3Tera beyond the Xen
platform it currently runs on to include VMware's ESX technology and
CA is rapidly becoming a larger player in the cloud, Staten and
"If anyone doubted [CA's] intention [is] to get into the
cloud computing market, you can't get away with that skepticism anymore,"
they said. "This company is serious."