But generic services such as file and print services or storage area networks can be addressed, along with Web-services enabled applications, Kumar said. "Its the generic computing capability where the vision starts," he said.Version 4.0 of the Unicenter Software Delivery electronic distribution tool can distribute applications and operating systems that automate provisioning and reallocate resources based on fluctuating demand. It also manages software interdependencies to better support on-demand infrastructure functions. Unicenter Asset Management 4.0 can present an accurate representation of multi-dimensional software and hardware assets. Finally, Unicenter ServicePlus Service Desk 6.0 brings a measure of self-management to devices and applications under the management of third-party tools by allowing those elements to automatically interact with the help desk. The platform-independent CA pitched the idea of using IT management to achieve the goals of on-demand or utility computing, which include the ability to dynamically allocate computing resources with changing business requirements, and at the same time increase the efficiency with which those resources are used. Others advocate an "overhaul of existing equipment," asserted Kumar. "The need for on-demand computing is clear. Resource utilization of IT systems is really low. Most computing environments are over-engineered to meet peak demands. Whats missing is the efficient management of those resources," said Kumar in his keynote yesterday. The benefit to customers is the re-alignment of IT with the business, greater IT responsiveness and greater IT efficiencies, he added. CAs vision of on-demand management takes place in two stages: the first involves an "internal utility," while the second involves the "community utility," said Kumar. "Today were getting set for the first stagehow to reconfigure blade servers transparently," said Kumar. CAs vision will also incorporate its security and storage management brands later in the year, according to Yogesh Gupta, CAs CTO. "We will do cross-brand solutions suites," he said. Those developments could be outlined as soon as CA World this summer, Kumar predicted. Latest N+I News:
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CA also announced version 3.0 of its Unicenter Management for WebMethods, which also works with Unicenter NSM to dynamically link applications and infrastructure components with the business processes they support.