CA Looking to NetQoS to Boost Capabilities in Cloud, System Management

CA is buying NetQoS for $200 million with the expectation that the company will enhance CA's manage capabilities in systems, networks, application performance and cloud computing. CA officials are expecting to combine NetQoS' offerings with its own Spectrum and Wily products.

CA officials expect NetQoS' network performance management software to be a boost to a number of their own management software offerings.

CA announced Sept. 14 that it is planning to buy NetQoS for $200 million in an all-cash deal that is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.

Officials with CA said they expect that NetQoS' software offerings will help grow CA's capabilities in managing networks, systems, compute clouds and application performance.

"With the addition of the NetQoS network flow monitoring, unified communications management and response time analytic network solutions, CA will further strengthen its ability to help enterprise IT organizations and service providers deliver reliable, flexible and cost-effective IT and business services," Ajei Gopal, executive vice president of CA's Products and Technology Group, said in a statement.

CA plans to integrate NetQoS' Performance Center with its own eHealth Network Performance Manager and Spectrum Infrastructure Manager to enable IT administrators to better manage both physical and virtual system and network environments through more visibility and better control. The result will be greater capabilities in delivering such services as unified communications, CA officials said.

In addition, combining Performance Center with CA's Wily Application Performance Management offering will give IT administrators greater perspectives of their business and IT services. In the area of cloud computing, CA officials expect the NetQoS acquisition will build on the capabilities the company acquired when it bought some of the assets of Cassatt in June.

CA hopes to leverage the NetQoS software with its own Spectrum Automation Manager to heighten its capabilities in the dynamic performance-based automation of physical, virtual and cloud-based environments.

CA also will be getting a company with about 1,000 customers and that had $56 million in revenue in 2008. NetQoS CEO Joel Trammell will become a senior vice president and general manager at CA once the deal closes, and NetQoS CTO and Executive Vice President Cathy Fulton will become senior vice president of software engineering.

NetQoS will run as an independent unit within CA's Infrastructure Management and Automation group.