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Network Management Deals Pick Up; Micromuse To Buy Quallaby

Micromuse reveals plans to buy performance-management software vendor Quallaby for $33 million just two days after Computer Associates said it will buy Concord Communications.

The pace of acquisitions in the network-management market is picking up speed. Micromuse Inc. on Friday disclosed plans to acquire Quallaby Corp., two days after Computer Associates said it will buy Concord Communications Inc.

Micromuse said it will buy Quallaby for $33 million in cash in a move to improve the company's position as a provider of management software for converged Internet Protocol services, said chairman and chief executive Lloyd Carney in a statement.

The combination of Micromuse's Netcool fault-management technology and Quallaby's Provisio performance-management software will help service providers create multiple revenue-generating services to be delivered across virtually any type of IP-based infrastructure, Carney said.

Micromuse and Quallaby already are used by a number of large service providers, including BT, Completel, France Telecom, and Telefonica, the companies said. The acquisition is expected to be completed within six weeks.

Computer Associates also hopes to complete its $350 million acquisition of Concord in that time frame. That deal is being made to bolster CA's presence in the network-service-management market, said CA president and CEO John Swainson in a statement.

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