CA acquires SaaS specialist Watchmouse


CA Technologies has acquired Watchmouse BV, but the cash changing hands remained a well-guarded secret.

Watchmouse is a privately held company which specialises in software as a service (SaaS) monitoring for websites and applications. With over 60 monitoring stations across 40 countries, the solution replicates transactions across websites to monitor how well the applications cope with requests and what availability they offer. It also works strictly on a subscription-only basis.

CA plans on incorporating this technology into its own Application Performance Management (APM), offering the service as an add-on to increase the depth of analysis although it will also offer it separately to customers who do not need as in-depth scrutiny of their applications.

Nimsoft another software monitoring firm bought by CA back in March 2010 will also team up with Watchmouse to offer the SaaS product alongside its own Monitor software, again increasing the reach of analysis, specifically for website performance.

No other terms of the deal were disclosed.

"As companies extend more applications to their customers through the web and smartphones, the performance of those applications is having a greater impact on revenue, customer loyalty and brand value," said David Dobson, executive vice president of CA Technologies.

"By adding WatchMouse to our industry-leading portfolio of solutions for managing and monitoring IT, we are enabling these companies to better safeguard the performance of these customer-facing applications - so they can better safeguard the performance of their business."

The latest acquisition from CA comes days after it announced a range of new products and updates for its own cloud computing portfolio.

Along with measuring service level agreements (SLAs) and increasing datacentre automation, CA confirmed updates specifically or service providers, ensuring it had something to sell to every level of the market.

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