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CA buys Cassatt

Enabling dramatic expansion of its automation and cloud capabilities, IT management software giant CA ( has bought data center automation and policy-based optimization expertise and assets from Cassatt Corporation (, which develops cloud computing software to increase data center efficiency.

According to CA's Tuesday announcement, Cassatt chief technology officer and product development executive vice president Rob Gingell, and co-founder and chief scientist Steve Oberlin have joined CA, along with their team of developers, engineers, and other key employees. CA has also acquired several Cassatt patents, patent applications, and other intellectual property.

"This acquisition strengthens CA's ability to deliver on the promise of Lean IT for our customers," CA products and technology group executive vice president Ajei Gopal said in a statement. "With the addition of Cassatt's engineering team and advanced data center automation assets, CA will accelerate its development of software that helps customers make more intelligent, business policy-based decisions. We are ensuring that CA will continue to be at the forefront of managing our customers' evolving IT environments."

Cassatt chief executive officer and co-founder Bill Coleman said his company has been a long-time leader in using cloud-style architecture to manage data centers like a utility. "This is a great move for both organizations because of the vision we share -- delivering a new, dramatically more efficient way to run data centers," Coleman said in a statement. "The acquisition of Cassatt's data center automation technology and expertise by CA, one of the world's largest and most successful software companies and an innovator in business-driven automation, will help make this vision into a reality for customers."

CA chief architect Donald Ferguson praised Cassatt for inventing an elegant and innovative architecture and algorithms for data center performance optimization. "Incorporating Cassatt's analysis and optimization capabilities into CA's world-class business-driven automation solution will enable cloud-style computing to reliably drive efficiencies in both on-premises, private data centers and off-premises, utility data centers," Ferguson said in a statement. "We believe the result will be a uniquely comprehensive infrastructure management approach, spanning monitoring, analysis, planning, optimization and execution."

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