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CA is buying 3Tera, which provides application cloud deployment services on Xen, and will extend its software to VMware and Hyper-V environments.

3Tera's AppLogic technology is claimed to let IT professionals develop and deploy online applications in minutes instead of weeks. They can offer application stacks on demand by adding apps to the AppLogic catalog, from where they can be deployed to a shared cloud infrastructure.

3Tera users can select from a catalogue of pre-configured virtual server and software components, as part of the design and deployment of composite applications as a single logical entity in the cloud.

Scalability is a big aspect of this with 3Tera saying AppLogic is a "grid operating system that runs and scales existing real-world web applications on grids of commodity servers... AppLogic makes it possible to visually assemble existing software directly into portable applications that run on any grid and scale from a fraction of a server to hundreds of servers with a single command."

Chris O’Malley, CA’s Cloud Products and Solutions Business Line EVP, said: “CIOs can use cloud computing to build and manage a new type of IT ‘supply chain’ across today’s virtualised internal and external technology infrastructure... 3Tera technology [helps in] optimising these high-value supply chains—from the mainframe to the cloud.”

CA plans to integrate AppLogic with its Spectrum Automation Manager, the Service Assurance line of products, and the recently acquired assets of Cassatt and Oblicore. It aims to extend support of 3Tera from the Xen virtualisation platform to both VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V.

3Tera’s customers include more than 80 enterprises and service providers globally, which use the AppLogic technology to provide services to thousands of users. BT was an early AppLogic adopter in 2007 and Nirvanix is a partner.

3Tera is a privately-owned company founded in 2004 and based in Aliso Viejo, California. It was started up by a bunch of clever Bulgarians with previous successful start-up experience in Z-force and Object Dynamics.

The co-founder and first CEO, Vladimir Miloushev, died from a brain aneurism in August 2007 when aged 45. The current CEO is Barry Lynn. 3Tera received $3.7m venture capital funding in 2008.

What we seem to have here is extremely smart software that has found early acceptance in a large number of companies, some blue chip. The acquisition terms were not disclosed but we can guess at $15m to $30m being paid over to the investors and founders. ®

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