CA has been splashing out the cash a bit recently and has made a move to firm up its interest in the cloud management market.

The company has acquired cloud consulting firm 4Base to help CA customers move from virtualisation to a cloud computing set-up. The company will adopt a new guise as the CA Virtualisation and Cloud Strategy Group. Earlier this year, CA acquired Nimsoft and3Tera to boost its cloud computing offerings. Terms of the 4Baase deal were not disclosed.

"As CA Technologies expands its role as a strategic partner and advisor to customers on the journey from virtualisation to cloud computing, we are investing in both the software and consulting services needed to achieve substantial business results," said Adam Elster, general manager of CA Services.

"Enterprises have high interest in virtualisation and cloud computing, but suffer from a lack of proven best practices," said Paul Camacho, principal and co-founder of 4Base. "We look forward to helping new and existing CA Technologies customers eliminate VM stall and develop a dynamic IT service supply chain that transforms IT from a cost centre to a business enabler, increases business agility, reduces IT costs, and increases quality of service."