Novell To Acquire Managed Objects


Novell Wednesday said it is buying business service management provider Managed Objects. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to close during Novell's first fiscal quarter, 2009.

With the purchase, Waltham, Mass.-based Novell is looking to add to its data center portfolio with the addition of service management market analysis tools from Managed Objects. Those services include the BSM platform that integrates architecture to support workflows and IT activities based on data across physical and virtual environments.

Novell said Managed Objects products complement and extend Novell's existing workload management and virtualization solutions by adding flexible service modeling, Configuration Management Data Base (CMDB) technology, advanced analytics and Web 2.0-based visualization technology.

"There is very little product overlap and tremendous synergy between the two companies and our respective technology," Siki Giunta, president and CEO of Managed Objects, said in a statement.

McClean, Va.-based Managed Objects has a roster of heavy-hitter clients such as BNP Paribas, CSC, DISA, Fidelity Investments, JPMorganChase, Progress Energy, UBS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The company will be fully integrated into Novell's Systems and Resource Management business unit.

"By adding the Managed Objects toolset to the Novell portfolio of data center solutions, we are unique in providing technology-agnostic and proven cross-platform solutions that span both the physical and virtual worlds, all in one unified view," said Joe Wagner, Novell's senior vice president of systems and resource management, in a statement.

Just last month, Novell made channel management changes with the appointment of Javier Colado as its new channel chief. Previously, Colado was the manager of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. He replaced Pat Bernard, vice president of global channel sales, who left the company to "pursue other interests." Colado reports directly to President and CEO Ron Hovsepian.