CA To Acquire NetQoS For $200 Million

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CA said it expected to complete the acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals, by the end of the calendar year.

Austin, Texas-based NetQoS offers software for network flow monitoring, unified communications management, and network response time analysis.

CA said NetQoS' Performance Center software could be combined with the CA eHealth Network Performance Manager and CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager products to provide CIOs, network engineers and IT operations managers with better visibility into, and control of, their physical and virtual IT systems and networks. The NetQoS product might also be linked with CA Wily Application Performance Management software for monitoring application performance.

On the cloud computing front, CA said the NetQoS products would build on the data center automation technology and other assets CA acquired earlier this year from Cassatt for an undisclosed sum. Those assets, in combination with CA's own Spectrum Automation Manager, could manage network and systems traffic in both public and private cloud computing environments, CA said in a statement about the NetQoS acquisition.

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NetQoS had annual sales of $56 million in 2008 and has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 58 percent over the past five years, CA said. It has more than 1,000 active customers worldwide.

Initially, NetQoS will operate as an independent entity within CA's Infrastructure Management and Automation business unit, CA said. NetQoS CEO Joel Trammell will join CA as a senior vice president and general manager, while NetQoS CTO and Executive Vice President of Products Cathy Fulton will become CA's senior vice president of software engineering. A majority of NetQoS' 250 employees are expected to remain with CA, the company said.