UC4 Adds New Functionality to Automation Software

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-21 Print this article Print

The company is now shipping ONE Automation, a unified approach to deploying and managing automation software across an enterprise.

Automation is the most desired function in IT right now. With an ever-multiplying pile of data pouring into the world's data containers, IT managers need all the help they can get to maintain control over it all.

Thus, the more IT can do on autopilot to get workloads processed in a timely manner, the better it is for everybody in the enterprise.

UC4, which claims to be the "world's largest independent IT automation software company," sees itself as coming to the rescue. The Vienna-based company on March 15 started shipping ONE Automation, a unified approach to deploying and managing automation software across an enterprise.

UC4 joins enterprise application and infrastructure automation functionality onto a single console that eliminates the complexity of managing multiple tools, frees staff for more productive work and improves service delivery by creating more responsive IT infrastructure, CEO Jason Liu told eWEEK.

Conventional automation tool sets are limited in functionality and can't address more than one area of infrastructure automation, Liu said. As a result, enterprises are forced to purchase multiple tools that are complicated to use without sacrificing infrastructure availability, Liu said.

New Platform Version Also Released

To frame its ONE Automation software, UC4 announced the release of Automation Platform v.9, which supports most databases, applications and operating systems, and provides an alternative to other end-to-end data center automation packages provided by general systems vendors.

The UC4 Automation Platform now ships standard with purpose-built components for key areas of enterprise automation, such as job scheduling, application process automation, run book, virtualization management, managed file transfer and application release automation, Liu said.

Details of these functions, according to UC4, include:

  • Quality of Service control: context-aware automation with event sensing, pattern mapping and policy-based management
  • Decision support: root cause analysis, workload analysis and reporting
  • Job Scheduling: support for more than 19 operating systems and hypervisors
  • Application Process Automation: rapid implementation with standardized process templates for leading ERP and industry applications
  • Run Book: broad range of prepackaged functions for the most important data center operations
  • Virtualization Management: capacity provisioning and integration to System Center and vCenter
  • Application Release Automation: process flows, packaging, release and patch deployment
  • Managed File Transfer: high-performance transfer from any platform with encryption, compression and check point restart.
    UC4's U.S. headquarters is in Bellevue, Wash.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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