CA makes move into cloud computing market

IT management software firm CA is to acquire Nimsoft in an all-cash transaction valued at $350m, in a move to expand its presence in emerging enterprise and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) markets. Nimsoft has approximately 800 customers, including nearly 300 MSPs and operates primarily in the US and Europe. It provides unified monitoring offerings for virtualised datacentres, hosted and managed services, cloud platforms and SaaS resources. With the acquisition, CA expects to add an entirely new set of customers to its base, which has historically focused on larger companies, and also expand its presence in growing international markets, where it expects cloud computing and hosted/managed services to play a central role in business development. The world is on the move to cloud computing so be careful about signing any long term software licencing deals that don’t have an option to move to cloud technology.

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