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CA To Acquire Cloud Computing Solution Provider 3Tera

CA, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held 3Tera®, Inc., a pioneer in cloud computing. 3Tera's AppLogic offers an innovative solution for building cloud services and deploying complex enterprise-class applications to public and private clouds using an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

With 3Tera – which follows CA's recent acquisitions of Cassatt, NetQoS and Oblicore – CA continues to aggressively expand its portfolio of solutions to manage cloud computing as part of an integrated information technology management program.

3Tera enables enterprises and service providers to provision, deploy and scale public and private cloud computing environments while maintaining full control, flexibility and reliability. 3Tera also makes it easy for service providers to offer application stacks on demand by adding applications to the AppLogic catalog, where they can be deployed to a low-cost, shared cloud infrastructure. 3Tera's customers include more than 80 enterprises and service providers globally, which use the cloud computing technology to provide services to thousands of users.

"CIOs can use cloud computing to build and manage a new type of IT 'supply chain' across today's virtualized internal and external technology infrastructure," said Chris O'Malley, executive vice president of CA's Cloud Products & Solutions Business Line.  "3Tera technology is a powerful addition to the total solution CA provides for optimizing these high-value supply chains—from the mainframe to the cloud."

Rapid, Simplified Cloud Enablement 
Using the intuitive GUI and drawing from a catalog of pre-configured virtual server and software components, AppLogicsimplifies the design and deployment of composite applications as a single logical entity in the cloud. By unifying application configuration, application deployment, and a virtual server fabric—functions that are otherwise typically performed in a fragmented manner—AppLogic helps reduce costs, improve productivity and increase service quality.

"3Tera eliminates the manual, error-prone tasks that have historically hampered an organization’s ability to deploy IT services to the cloud," said Barry X Lynn, CEO of 3Tera. "As part of CA, we can bring rapid and simple cloud enablement to a dramatically larger group of customers, leveraging the thousands of CA sales, services and support professionals."

In addition to AppLogic, 3Tera provides a cloud computing marketplace that allows software vendors to provide developers with production-ready cloud components and full applications that are available on a pay-as-you-go basis. This greatly facilitates exchanges of value between developers, service providers and customers.

Integration with Virtual and Physical Management Technologies
By streamlining cloud-based deployment of composite applications, 3Tera adds significant new capabilities alongside CA's existing virtual and physical infrastructure management functionality—including that provided by CA Spectrum Automation Manager, the CA Service Assurance line of products, and the recently acquired assets of Cassatt and Oblicore. 

CA plans to integrate AppLogic with these and other key technologies to provide customers with a comprehensive set of tools for delivering, managing and optimizing cloud computing as part of overall enterprise IT environment. CA also plans to extend support of 3Tera , which currently operates on the Xen virtualization platform, to include both VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V™.

"AppLogic is a software platform that helps IT departments and service providers rapidly create and deploy cloud applications," said Rachel Chalmers, research director at The 451 Group. "By adding this technology to its own strengths in IT management, CA is offering an intriguing value proposition to customers who want to both take advantage of the cloud's adaptability and maintain rigorous control of the their virtual service delivery infrastructure."

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Published Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:12 PM by David Marshall
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