March 11th, 2010 by David Link, Co-Founder and Chairman
Wow, what a surprising news story as CA purchased Nimsoft yesterday evening. It is a very good news story for our industry. I admire CA’s strong acknowledgment that the IT Management industry is in the midst of a significant shift. History is repeating as we must look at the past 1960 – 1980’s when Mainframes were the dominant computing model to the late 1980’s – today as Moore’s law drove a huge shift to the distributed client server computing model. During that period, a new group of emerging tools grew around the need to model and manage a different set of operational challenges that Client Server computing demanded.
Where are we now? Check out the slide above… who will be the dominant management players as we have the next seismic shift towards Cloud Computing? CA clearly understands this shift is happening now, and their purchase of Nimsoft was a huge endorsement that the nimble obtain a first mover advantage (from a set of recent acquisitions: 3Tera, Oblicore, Cassatt, and now Nimsoft) that becomes hard to displace for slower moving multinational Tier 1 technology companies.