It’s not clear how much of the $300 million it set aside for cloud acquisitions is left but the pile is getting smaller. CA announced it has reached an agreement to acquire 3tera, maker of the AppLogic platform. Terms were not announced but the purchase price is probably well under $100 million. 3tera has 80 customers who are either service providers or enterprise-level corporations.
AppLogic makes it possible to package an entire N-tier application or service into a single logical entity, simplifying system management tasks dramatically. AppLogic essentially encapsulates applications in the cloud platform, so it is easier to monitor and control their use of resources, and debug any incompatibilties.
CA has a long history of acquiring enterprise-level providers soon after they have built a client base and keeping their brand identity intact. So it seems likely that the AppLogic name will only gain visibility.
CA’s last cloud acquisition was Oblicore.
Barry X. Lynn, chairman of 3tera, writes on his blog that the deal is another step in the mainstreaming of cloud computing.