Mercury to buy apps mapping company

Mercury Interactive Wednesday announced plans to buy Appilog, a three-and-a-half-year-old maker of software used to discover and map relationships among applications and their underlying infrastructure.

The US$49 million cash deal is intended to bolster Mercury's application management line. Mercury, a $500 million-plus software vendor that ranked 77th on this year's Network World 200 list, also sells application tuning and IT governance products. Appilog, based in New York City, is privately held and employs about 40 people.

Mercury initially plans to sell Appilog's standalone software, but the bigger play is to meld it into Mercury's offerings, starting with its Business Availability Center software. Appilog's technology is designed to help companies adjust applications on the fly as the underlying infrastructure changes, such as when a virtualized server takes on a bigger load or a router is reconfigured.

The big difference is that Appilog's technology supports dynamic rather than simply static mapping, says Christopher Lochhead, Mercury's chief marketing officer.

Lochhead claims Mercury is the first big management software vendor to make a move in this area. He says Appilog mainly competes with other start-ups, such as Collation and Relicore.

Mercury has been on something of an acquisition tear, buying out three companies last year for nearly $250 million.

The company says it expects its Appilog purchase to close in June.

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