CA Refreshes Its Cloud Infrastructure Catalog

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-27 Print this article Print

CA supports a lifecycle approach to cloud deployment that includes planning, design, delivery and security.

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) on July 27 refreshed its cloud computing infrastructure catalog with 11 updated products, including its application automation suite and its turnkey-type cloud management platform.

"Enterprises now have a lot of choices in IT structures that include traditional, cloud and hybrid application environments," Jay Fry, CA's vice president of marketing for cloud solutions, told eWEEK. "They face a big decision: If and when to move an application to the cloud. Once the decision is made to use cloud, enterprises must then select the right type of cloud--public, private, hybrid--based on the application and its current and future requirements." 

CA supports a lifecycle approach to cloud deployment that includes planning, design, delivery and security, Fry said. These new/updated products fit directly into this strategy, he said.

The updated products, which are available now, include:

Business Service Insight 8.0: Enables companies to determine what cloud services are being used and how they're performing against SLAs (service level agreements), and then compare them with both internal and external alternatives. This helps an organization reduce the risk of unknown applications and services within their infrastructure, improve performance of services and SLAs, and identify the options that could further optimize the business.

Automation Suite for Data Centers 12.5: Delivers cloud-deployment choice, providing dynamic provisioning, configuration, deployment and elastic scaling of IT services and infrastructure combined with policy-based server automation to maximize business service quality and availability, Fry said.

AppLogic 3.0: Turnkey cloud computing platform allows enterprises to design and deliver virtual business services across private and public clouds. With an intuitive visual interface, enterprises can define infrastructure, provision, deploy and manage applications, as well as monitor operations, using only a browser. With this release, users using VMware ESX and Xen hypervisors can now consolidate applications and services running on multiple hypervisors into a single grid, significantly streamlining delivery of cloud services.

Automation Suite for Clouds 1.0: A new pre-integrated solution to deliver private cloud services. This out-of-the-box package enables rapid, predictable and secure provisioning and delivers cloud infrastructure and critical services designed for hybrid environments, Fry said. It is comprised of CA Server Automation, CA Virtual Automation, CA Process Automation, CA Configuration Automation and CA Service Catalog.

Virtual Placement Manager 1.0: Helps enterprises design and deliver virtual infrastructure. It brings to market capacity management by automatically solving for optimal workload assignment, predicting future capacity needs and eliminating performance and response time risks while also right-sizing new and existing virtual machines. Users can perform these analyses with both existing and hypothetical infrastructure components.

Additional enhanced products, according to CA, include:

  • Virtual Assurance for Infrastructure Managers 12.5 to help assure application performance across virtual, cloud and traditional IT environments;
  • Identity Manager 12.5 and CA Role & Compliance Manager 12.5 to help secure and control identity and access across virtual, cloud and traditional IT environments.
  • Data Manager 4.3 for designing data center efficiency;
  • Automation Suite for Cisco UCS and CA Workload Automation DE 11.3 for delivering dynamic service and application automation across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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