EMC acquired 12-year-old, Montreal-based Watch4net in an all-cash transaction, with terms of the deal not released. The acquisition, announced May 31, is the latest move by EMC -- whose core competency has been IT hardware for more than a generation -- to bolster its software offerings.
Watch4net is a provider of carrier-class performance-management software that provides real-time, historical and projected visibility into the performance of the network, data centers and cloud infrastructures. The two companies have been partners for more than seven years. Watch4net's frontline APG package is already tightly integrated with EMC's IT Operations Intelligence Suite.
"One of the reasons Watch4net is a good fit for EMC is that we're focused across domains: across network, compute and storage," Ken MacDonald, senior director of marketing for EMC's Information Management Group, told CIO Insight sister publication eWEEK. "EMC already has the ability to monitor performance to Watch4net, and then provide the correlation and root-cause analysis and service assurance capabilities that the ITOI suite provides.
"Both products have the ability to reach across the three domains and also across the physical and virtual environments within the data center ."
Watch4net CEO Michel Foix and most of his 70-person team will be retained and will report to Jay Mastaj, senior vice president and general manager of EMC's Infrastructure Management Group.
This article was originally published on 05-31-2012