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BMC has plunked down $33m in cash to acquire French identity software maker Calendra.

Calendra is best known for its Directory Manager software suite that, as the name suggests, handles things such as company directories of employees and goods. The small firm boasts more than 200 customers and 5m managed users. "The acquisition enables BMC Software to deliver an integrated suite of identity management solutions that include enterprise directories (white pages and yellow pages), workflow, PBX management, and active directory management," BMC said.

BMC expects its acquisition of Calendra to close by the end of this month.

Calendra's products can pull in information from a wide variety of applications, including LDAP directories, SQL databases and PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle packages. BMC plans to build the Calendra code into its own identity management products.

"This acquisition gives customers the capability to manage not only their identity infrastructure and identity directories, but also enhances their capabilities in the area of audit and compliance," said Somesh Singh, a vice president at BMC. ®

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