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
"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
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.
: 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
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
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
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.