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CA Expands Cloud Computing Portfolio With 3Tera Buy

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CA on Wednesday added another piece to its growing cloud-computing portfolio when it announced the acquisition of 3Tera, a developer of software applications used to build and deploy apps for public and private clouds.

The cloud computing startup’s AppLogic software helps companies build and deploy applications to public and private clouds.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based 3Tera’s AppLogic software allows companies to use a browser to manage and scale on-demand, fully distributed applications for both in-house clouds and as a platform for cloud-computing services.

“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,” Chris O’Malley, CA’s (NASDAQ: CA) executive vice president of cloud products, said in a statement. “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.”

CA has made a number of cloud-computing acquisitions in the past year, including the September acquisition of network performance management software developer NetQoS, a purchase that resulted in an additional $10 million in sales during its third quarter.

In June, it snapped up Cassatt, a provider of cloud computing software that makes datacenters more efficient, and bought Oblicore, a developer of service-level management applications (SLM) for the cloud, in January.

Software pundits predict cloud computing will be one of the fastest-growing markets in 2010 as enterprise customers embrace the cheaper, greener and more efficient distributed computing platform.

Gartner predicts cloud-computing sales will surge to more than $150.1 billion in 2013, up from roughly $60 million last year and $46.4 billion in 2008.

“AppLogic is a software platform that helps IT departments and service providers rapidly create and deploy cloud applications,” Rachel Chalmers, a research director at The 451 Group, said in a statement. “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.”

3Tera also created 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.

CA shares picked up $0.55, or 3 percent, to $22.67 in Wednesday afternoon trading.

In its latest quarter, Islandia, N.Y.-based CA posted better-than-expected sales and earnings and announced that William McCracken would take over as CEO for John Swainson.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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