As many of us have seen, Computer Associates announced the intention to acquire 3Tera today. In my opinion, this is a good move by CA.
If you're unfamiliar with 3Tera, they are what I would call a "cloud enabler". 3Tera's grid-like platform -- called AppLogic -- enables cloud vendors and IT organizations to build cloud services (external or internal respectively) on top of their existing IT infrastructure. Applogic is built upon a virtualization platform that enables the cloud consumer to build virtual data centers and run applications (called virtual appliances) within the virtual data center.
By purchasing 3Tera, CA gets a cloud OS management infrastructure and consumer interface to the cloud....key pieces to building a cloud.By combining 3Tera software with CA's enterprise management capabilities, one could imagine customers migrating application workloads between internal IT infrastructure and external providers. Customers can begin to build hybrid clouds and blur the line between internal and external services using a combined 3Tera and CA interface. However, the are other pieces of cloud computing that CA will need to address. The first is virtualization. 3Tera has an affinity for Xen hypervisors. By not being hypervisor agnostic, 3Tera's Applogic competes with overlapping virtualization vendor hypervisors and management software such as vCenter, SCVMM, and XenCenter. Also, 3Tera was a quasi-service provider. Being a provider and an enabler can cause some conflicts of interest.
Nevertheless, this is an interesting -- and important move -- in the cloud market.
[posted by: Drue Reeves]