CA acquires Netreon to boost storage software
- 06 February, 2003 08:04
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) has purchased most assets of SAN (storage area network) software maker Netreon Inc., and plans to add Netreon's SANexec Designer software to its own BrightStor line of storage management products, CA said Wednesday. Financial details of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.
CA, based in Islandia, New York, plans to rebrand SANexec Designer as BrightStor SAN Designer, and to sell the software through its own direct sales force and through its channel partners.
SANexec Designer assists administrators in designing SANs, with features for documenting the properties of existing SANs, utilizing preconfigured topologies in developing new SANs, streamlining installations, and exporting configuration information to other SAN management applications.
Adding SANexec Designer to its portfolio will further CA's goal of offering end-to-end storage management software products, the company said.
The renamed software will be available within 30 days from CA's sales force, according to Gary McGuire, CA's senior vice president of BrightStor solutions. A new version, integrated with CA's other BrightStor products and enhanced with common CA technologies, should be ready by the end of the year, he said.
Pricing for the software has not yet been determined, McGuire said. Netreon now has about a dozen customers using SANexec Designer, he estimated.
Netreon, based in Mountain View, California, has 22 employees, 13 of whom will transfer to CA and work out of its San Jose, California, office, according to CA.
Netreon's software lineup includes SANexec Manager, but because CA already offers its own SAN management software, it won't be acquiring that product, McGuire said. Netreon officials could not be immediately reached to comment on SANexec Manager's future.
Once known for its splashy acquisitions, and their occasionally contentious aftermath, CA's management has for the past few years been eschewing big technology purchases. Its last major buyout was its April 2000 stock-based acquisition of Sterling Software Inc. for about US$4 billion.
Since then, CA has occasionally purchased technology assets in smaller deals, according to a spokeswoman. Its most recent such acquisition was in May, she said, when CA paid US$9.5 million in cash for asset management software from Intraware Inc., which it has since integrated with its Unicenter infrastructure management software line.