LAS VEGAS—Computer Associates International Inc. yesterday at Networld + Interop outlined its vision for on-demand computing and put some products behind it.
Unlike the platform providers such as IBM or Hewlett Packard Co., whose strategies are centered around their hardware platforms and who dont yet have products to back up their vision, CA waited to be able to deliver real functionality before launching its campaign, according to Sanjay Kumar, chairman and CEO of the Islandia, N.Y., company.
"We decided a year ago to start on this, but we wanted to have products to show. We have taken the first steps. The platform guys—IBM, Sun and HP—talked about (utility or autonomic computing), but they had no products and no product roadmap," said Kumar in an interview here.
"IBMs not there yet, and they have a very vertical focus," added CA customer Cynthia Luman, vice president of operations at CSC Technology, a Jacksonville, Fla., Subsidiary of CSX Corp.
CAs Unicenter brand is at the heart of its strategy and represents the first steps toward more dynamic deployment and re-allocation of computing resources.
CA introduced six new or enhanced Unicenter offerings that support its vision, in which "resources can be managed on demand beyond the enterprise in a loosely knit grid of computing power," he described in his keynote address yesterday.