CA acquires Netreon to boost storage software

CA acquires Netreon to boost storage software

Computer Associates International (CA) has purchased most assets of SAN (storage area network) software maker, Netreon, and plans to add Netreon's SANexec Designer software to its own BrightStor line of storage management products.

Financial details of the all-cash transaction remain undisclosed.

CA plans to rebrand SANexec Designer as BrightStor SAN Designer and to sell the software through its own direct sales force and its channel partners.

SANexec Designer assists administrators in designing SANs. It includes features for documenting the properties of existing SANs, utilising preconfigured topologies in developing new SANs, streamlining installations and exporting configuration information to other SAN management applications.

Adding SANexec Designer to its portfolio would further CA's goal of offering end-to-end storage management software products, the company said.

The renamed software would be available within 30 days from CA's sales force, the company's senior vice-president of BrightStor solutions, Gary McGuire, said. 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.

Pricing for the software had yet to be determined, McGuire said.

He estimated Netreon now had about a dozen customers using SANexec Designer.

Netreon has 22 employees, 13 of whom will transfer to CA and work out of its San Jose, California, office.

Its software lineup included SANexec Manager, but because CA already offered its own SAN management software, it would not 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 for about $US4 billion.

Since then, CA has occasionally purchased technology assets in smaller deals, a spokesperson said. It’s most recent such acquisition was in May when CA paid $US9.5 million in cash for asset management software from Intraware, which it has since integrated with its Unicenter infrastructure management software line.

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