CA is rolling out new and enhanced management software for virtualized environments. The new capabilities are designed to make it easier to deploy and manage these virtualized environments, and come as enterprises continue to expand their use of virtualization technology.
CA is ramping up its virtualization management offerings with new
and enhanced products aimed at easing the tasks of implementing and
securing virtualized environments.
The new offerings, announced Oct. 26, touch on everything from management and compliance to automation and energy efficiency.
"There's a tremendous amount of focus around
how do you manage a virtualized architecture and how do you take along
the physical [systems]," Stephen Elliot, vice president of strategy for
CA's Infrastructure Management and Automation business unit.
Adding to the discussion is the growing interest in the cloud
computing model, of which virtualization is a foundation technology,
Elliot said. For many enterprises, that means private clouds that can
be deployed within their own environments.
"Virtualization will grow, but you won't virtualize everything," he
said. "A lot of people are asking, -How do I deploy a private cloud?'"
Analysts are continuing to predict a healthy future for
virtualization in the data center. Forrester Research said in a
reporter in February that 31 percent of operating systems currently are
virtualized, and that number will jump to 59 percent in 2011. In
addition, Gartner analysts at their Symposium/ITxpo event Oct. 21 that
while currently, only 16 percent of IT workloads currently are running
on virtual machines, that will grow to 50 percent by the end of 2012.
All that's being drive by the need for greater energy efficiency and
flexibility, and the desire to drive down capital and operating
expenses. It also is increasing the management headaches as virtualized
environments grow in size and complexity.
CA's management software is designed to ease those headaches, Elliot said.
Among CA's new offerings is Spectrum Service Assurance, which is
designed to give IT administrators greater visibility into their
virtualized environments, and how their virtualized and physical
environments impact the services those systems support.
In addition, CA is expanding the capabilities of its eHealth
Performance Manager r6.2 to cover virtualized environments from VMware
and other vendors, Elliot said. It also includes enhanced environmental
and energy monitoring.
In that same vein, CA's new ecoMeter and ecoGovernance tools gives
IT administrators the ability to track the energy savings derived from
Enhancements to Spectrum Automation Manager r11.7 includes faster
physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual provisioning, expanded
support for such virtualization platforms as VMware's vSphere 4, Citrix
Systems' Xen, IBM's LPAR and the virtualization technology in Sun
Microsystems' Solaris OS.
Insight Database Performance Manager r11.3 lets administrators
monitor the performance of their databases-including IBM's DB2, Oracle,
Microsoft's SQL Server and Sybase-in physical, virtual and cloud
environments. Administrators get automated views of these databases in
On the security side, CA is offering upgraded capabilities in its
Access Control 12.5, Identity Manager 12.5, Role and Compliance Manager
12.5, Records Manager 12.6, and Governance, Risk and Compliance manager