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CA Swallows Layer 7 & Israeli-Based Nolio

CA’s vision extends to the “Internet of things”

Last week Intel said it was buying Mashery, the multi-tenant SaaS API manager, for a reported $180 million.

On Monday CA Technologies said it was buying Mashery rival Layer 7 Technologies on undisclosed terms thought to be in the same neighborhood as Intel's spend.

CA figures Layer 7's API management and security widgetry complement its Identity and Access Management suite and DevOps technology. It means to combine them so customers can quickly deliver the cloud, mobile and composite apps that run today's business services.

CA's vision extends to the "Internet of things" and imagines the billions of API calls that are already made every day and the billions more that will be made with the increasing proliferation of smart devices like vehicles, meters, TVs and whatnot.

CA said, "Without API security and management, thousands of business services are vulnerable to disruption."

Customers are supposed to see monetization from Big Data transactions and enforceable SLAs.

Layer 7 APIs are secured through authentication, authorization, auditing and threat protection. And CA figures a convenient API development platform will expend the network of API developers.

At the end of last year, there were upwards of 8,000 public APIs available by Layer 7's count.

It raised $20 million in funding and has 300 clients.

CA is also picking up Israeli-based application automation start-up Nolio, which was known to be in play. Its platform offers centralized management of application design, testing and deployment, promising a 90% reduction in the time it takes to release an application. It raised $5 million in funding.

TechCrunch says the acquisitions put "CA in a spot to provide a next generation of IT services for the emerging federated IT environment that bridges on-premise and the cloud.

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