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September 28, 2010

CA buys Hyperformix for virtual, cloud management

Attention moves from hypervisor to virtual management

By Jason Stamper

CA Technologies has announced the acquisition of Hyperformix, a privately held provider of capacity management software for physical, virtual or cloud IT infrastructure, on undisclosed terms.

CA, which already has a number of products for the management of virtual or cloud environments, said Hyperformix’s capacity management enables customers to discover how physical, virtual, hardware, software, storage, and network resources are being used, and to determine what resources will be needed in the future.

"Virtualisation capacity management is among customers’ most critical IT management needs," said Roger Pilc, general manager of CA Technologies’ virtualisation and automation customer solutions business. "An important aspect of our virtualisation and cloud strategies is to help customers overcome the ‘VM stall’ challenges they encounter as they roll out virtualisation and progress to a dynamic, cloud-based data centre architecture."

The firm said the acquisition will help companies avoid the pitfalls of virtualisation that include VM Sprawl (uncontrolled VM deployments) and VM Stall (the inability to move beyond initial virtualisation of 20-30 percent of servers).

The technology is also said to help companies ensure application performance and service level agreements, and also help achieve faster and more reliable data centre consolidations, virtualisation rollouts, platform refreshes and application migrations.

"Capacity management is an important discipline for customers attempting to expand their virtualisation and private cloud deployments," said Peter Klante, president and CEO, Hyperformix. "As a virtualisation rollout progresses through the enterprise, insight and comprehensive planning are required to realise its potential. CA Technologies and Hyperformix will deliver on that critical need."

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In a related announcement today, Gartner said it expects 25% of workloads to be virtualised by the end of the year. It said that as virtualisation matures, the next "big thing" will be automating the composition and management of virtualised resources.

Read CBR’s profile of CA and its move to cloud and virtualisation management here.

Bill McCracken, CA CEO

CA Technologies CEO Bill McCracken




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