Software giant CA recently picked up the pieces of struggling cloud technology company Cassatt to fill out its portfolio for building private cloud infrastructures. Analysts said the mix of Cassatt's data center automation technology and CA's fleet of governance, monitoring and management applications makes CA a player in the fledgling private cloud market.
The holy grail: Server automation
Last year, CA announced its foray into the private-cloud market with a suite of management, monitoring and governance tools that work with a variety of physical and virtual server platforms.
Cassatt's flagship Active Response software also works across both physical and virtual server environment. It was designed to automatically bring servers on and offline as needed to maximize energy efficiency and hardware usage. CA will roll the technology into its own automation software, now called the Spectrum Automation Manager.
"Everyone's going for the same thing. Despite all the hype over cloud, at its core it's about automating servers on premise," said Frank Gillett, principal analyst at Forrester Research. He added that potential cloud customers are more concerned with how to manage and monitor resources, something that CA has an extensive line-up of products to do.
With Cassatt, CA adds an "elegant policy implementation of scale," claimed Roger Pilc, the senior vice president of CA's Infrastructure Management and Data Center Automation business unit. CA hired most of the senior technical talent from Cassatt, including the co-founder and chief scientist Steve Oberlin.