Last week, CA announced that it had purchased 3Tera, a cloud management provider. 3Tera was one of the early whacks at what become known as “cloud computing,” building out their offering before the term was widely used. Their basic model of modeling applications and deployments on-top of virtualized pools of resources, or fabrics, or grids depending on your diction, has been used by others who’re seeking to provide the management software needed run clouds.
Enterprises are apparently driving a vendors to provide private cloud offerings, and CA’s purchase of 3Tera feeds right into this market. While CA had purchased the left-overs from Cassatt, clearly more technology – and pre-built customer base – was needed.
It’s also note-worthy that – last I checked – 3Tera was working with service providers who were looking to offer clouds.
(I discussed also discussed the acquisition in this weeks IT Management and Cloud podcast episode.)
Action Plan: CA
What I’d expect to see from CA is more noise when to comes to providing tooling for private clouds to large enterprises. They now have a very real (for how young cloud computing is) cloud stack that has a track records. The challenge for CA – as it would be for any Big 4 vendor – will be related their cemented in IT Service Management, BSM, and ITIL acculturated tools into an IT culture that can take full advantage of cloud-driven infrastructure.
Action Plan: Competitors
For other vendors in this space, the question of how to seriously to take cloud offerings is further pushed. Just looking at the Big 4: