While CA is committed to open innovation and will be working with the community and its customers to derive value, "if we take open source under the right General Public License [GPL] and incorporate it, we are going to win," Greenblatt said. "Everybody knows that a secure shell is a lot better than a remote shell and OpenSSH 3.6 is shipped free of charge in every distribution. Wouldnt it be nice to take OpenSSH and integrate it into a fuller software distribution package that can track it secured and ensure that you are doing the right things?" he said.CA is also working on better cluster management and provisioning; better Web management; as well as storage management with virtualization as the current Veritas virtual manager is very specific. Customers also want help with bonded nets and routed mesh. "We are absolutely committed to application management, change management as well as actual management to make the administrators job easier. These are the areas that you are going to see a lot of products fill out in our portfolio over the next year, starting in the near future, at LinuxWorld San Francisco next month," he said. Five new CA products will be announced at LinuxWorld, all of them fitting into the above-mentioned categories, Greenblatt added, declining to be more specific. CA is also devoting a day of its conferenceTuesdayto Linux, referring to it as its Linux Solution Day. This will include a session dealing with the future of Linux, from the upcoming 2.6 kernel and beyond, as well as a session looking at hardware and Linux and how to establish a solid platform. Another session will examine mission-critical Linux performances with optimized hardware and databases, as well as a customer roundtable to discuss their Linux experiences. Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux and the first full-time fellow at the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) will be present, as will Larry Augustin, chairman of VA Software, and John "Maddog" Hall, an executive director of Linux International.
Greenblatt said CA was also working toward a formal partnership with Ximian. While he declined to be specific about the nature of that relationship, he did ask, "Why would I want to write a package manager when Ximians Red Carpet product is out there? If you had Linux and it was in the enterprise, why wouldnt you tie that into a larger solution?"