CA's Acquisition of Orchestria
We're Seeking Input
We're writing an analysis of CA's recent acquisition of Orchestria. We'd like to hear from anyone that can help us with the following:
- Orchestria's revenue and profit/loss history
- Terms of the deal
- The main business problems Orchestria faced over the last two years
- How Orchestria sought a buyer, and how the negotiations with CA proceeded
- External funding received by Orchestria during its history
- The main challenges CA will face in making the acquisition a success
- Comparable transactions. We know about McAfee/Reconnex, Symantec/Vontu, EMC/Tablus, and Websense/PortAuthority
- Related acquisitions by CA: price paid, and price/revenue multiple. We know about Netegrity and iLumin
- Any Orchestria technology that will be made redundant as a result of the acquisition. Ie, Orchestria technology that won't be used by CA
- CA's identity and access management revenues
- Any other information that's relevant!
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Thanks and hope to hear from you.
Systems Management Moving to the Cloud
With cloud computing evolving rapidly, a number of vendors have taken the systems management model into the cloud. One of these is San Francisco-based Tap In Systems. It is one of the first vendors were aware of making use of the virtual servers (called "instances" in Amazon Web Services speak) in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure to address on-premises and cloud-based systems management.
Similarly, another Bay Area company, Hyperic, provides solutions to monitor your apps wherever they are located, and has also built out a free dashboard called CloudStatus to report on availability of Google Apps and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
We expect this to be the leading edge of a multiyear transition of traditional systems management solutions over to the cloud. Similar trends are already under way in the archiving arena (e.g., LiveOffice, Postini, Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services) and e-discovery markets (e.g., CaseCentral, CT Summation).
The question, of course, is when and how fast will the transition happen? If you have thoughts or early experiences on any of this, we'd love to hear from you! ... David Sengupta