CA Technologies broadens its management tools for virtual and cloud environments with capacity management software from Hyperformix.
CA Technologies has acquired Hyperformix, a company that sells capacity
management software for virtual environments. The move strengthens CA's ability
to build and manage internal
officials announced the agreement on Sept. 28 but did not
disclose any financial details. The deal is expected to close by the end of
enables customers to discover how physical, virtual, hardware,
software, storage and network resources are being used, and to determine what
resources will be needed in the future. It is difficult to do properly in
virtualized environments because the physical hardware is pooled and subdivided
into logical or virtual entities. The application, network and disk resources
being used on a virtual machine are tricky to monitor alongside the physical
server's hardware utilization.
"Virtualization capacity management is among customers' most critical
IT management needs," said Roger Pilc, general manager of CA Technologies'
virtualization and automation customer solutions business.
VM "sprawl" often occurs as virtual machines proliferate and
become lost from view, leading to needless consumption of resources.
VM "stall" is another challenge, the company said, in which customers
are unable to move beyond the initial virtualization of 20 to 30 percent of
"Hyperformix will give our customers sophisticated, real-time and
predictive capacity management capabilities," Andi
Mann, CA's vice president of
virtualization product marketing, wrote in his blog.
The idea is that customers will have the necessary information to know how much
more of the data center can be virtualized.
Acknowledging that CA's existing capacity management capabilities tend to be
limited to "deployments we can control," Mann said, Hyperformix will
let customers see what VMs are in use, what they can shut down and what
capacity they need in order to overcome VM sprawl.
Customers can ensure high performance and SLA (service-level
agreement) achievement within existing capacity limitations "without
poring for hours over performance trending reports," Mann said.
With the acquisition of Hyperformix, CA
Technologies expands its slate of virtualization, automation and assurance offerings.
"As a virtualization rollout progresses through the enterprise, insight
and comprehensive planning are needed," Hyperformix CEO
Peter Klante said in a statement.
CA Technologies and Hyperformix share many customers and partners, and this
acquisition would directly support those organizations that need "sophisticated
capacity management to support their virtualization strategy ... beyond what [CA
does] already with performance and reporting," Mann wrote.
Hyperformix sells capacity management software including Hyperformix
Capacity Manager, Data Manager and Performance Optimizer. The applications put
a "modern" user interface on top of systems management information
collected from other sources and apply that information to virtual machine
Hyperformix's operations and its employees will become part of the CA
Technologies' Virtualization and Automation business. Hyperformix products will
be integrated into CA Technologies' offerings, which include the CA
CA Service Automation, CA Service Assurance and CA Cloud