CA acquires Sydney-based networks startup

Founder retires, management take up senior roles in service assurance portfolio

CA Technologies has closed its acquisition of Sydney-based technology partner Torokina Networks, assimilating employees and products into the software giant’s service assurance portfolio.

The six-year-old startup has been a systems integrator for CA Technologies’ performance, fault and service-level management products to telcos and service providers since at least 2009. The buy-out, which was finalised in December 2010 for an undisclosed sum, will involve integration of Torokina Networks’ intellectual property into CA Technologies’ integrated portfolio.

The acquisition resulted in the retirement of Torokina Networks founder and former CA Technologies product manager, Kevin Vardy. Other members of the management team at the four-year-old startup, including sales vice-president Chris Gibbs and chief technology officer John Ahern, took up senior management roles at CA Technologies’ service assurance unit.

The Torokina Networks website already lists itself as a CA Technologies company.

In a statement, CA Technologies claimed the buy would enable the company to provide better solutions for its mobile service provider customers, of which Telstra’s New Zealand subsidiary, TelstraClear, is one. The new portfolio is largely targeted at those operating next-generation mobile networks such as LTE.

The acquisition comes as CA Technologies also localised its Cloud-based project management solution on Fujitsu data centres this week.

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