CA Technologies is the sleeper in this set of multi-vendor cloud tools. The company has pushed forward with a number of aggressive cloud acquisitions, including Oblicore, WebQOS, Nimsoft and 3Tera. CA has gotten some traction with its AppLogic implementation from 3Tera.
AppLogic provides a graphical interface on which users can create and deploy cloud server models. The tool is currently being used by enterprise-oriented global cloud service SavvisDirect, a unit of CenturyLink, at 50 data centers. CA converted 3Tera's AppLogic into a product used as the basis for SavvisDirect's orchestration platform, AppGrid, a graphical system for building and deploying a cloud workload.
CA's AppLogic tool has many strong features, including the ability to include a cloud workload as part of a business process. CA, which has been collecting best practices from customers of acquisitions including 3Tera, Cirrhus9, Contegix and DNS Europe, already has a hand in running at least 400 public and private cloud operations through its product line. Whether that's enough to keep CA a contender in this aggressive group of cloud tool providers, time will tell.