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CA Nets Netreon

Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA) today announced the acquisition of Netreon Inc., a small, privately held developer of software for designing SANs. CA didn't disclose the purchase price of the all-cash transaction (see CA Acquires Netreon).

The Netreon acquisition builds on CA's first serious move into SAN management software, in January, with the release of its BrightStor SAN Manager product for discovering and mapping devices in multivendor storage area networks (see CA Spans Into SANs).

Netreon's technology reduces the time required to plan, deploy, change, and document new and existing SANs, says Gary McGuire, senior VP of BrightStor solutions at CA. "It is a living, breathing document of all the pieces of technology that make up the SAN and can be modified as your environment changes," he says (see Netreon Set Free).

By year-end, CA expects Netreon's SANexec software to be fully integrated into the company's BrightStor storage management products.

Analysts say the deal is particularly interesting for a couple of reasons. First, CA rarely acquires early-stage companies. It splashed out $4 billion for Sterling Software in April 2000 and $3.5 billion for Platinum Technology in March 1999. The Netreon acquisition, compared to those dotcom-era deals, is an after-dinner mint.

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