CA Expands Offerings for Virtualized Data Centers, Private Clouds
IT management software company CA announced a strategy for optimizing IT services by improving the management of next-generation virtualized data centers and private clouds. CA said its solution for unified business service assurance and automation would involve coupling comprehensive availability and performance management for VMware vSphere 4 environments and Cisco virtualized network switches.
CA is broadening the scope of
its Spectrum Infrastructure Manager, eHealth Performance Manager and Spectrum
Automation Manager to encompass in one integrated, end-to-end management
solution both physical and virtual server and network environments, as well as
databases, voice and unified communications systems and other networked
applications. The products are being enhanced to support VMware vSphere 4 and
the Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual software switch, which is an
integrated option in VMware vSphere 4.
Roger Pilc, corporate senior
vice president and general manager of CA's infrastructure management and
automation business unit, said with the integration of the Cisco Nexus 1000V
with VMware vSphere 4, the lines between physical and virtual network and
systems management have blurred. "CA's support for VMware vSphere 4 and Cisco
Nexus 1000V will provide a unique, highly integrated, closed-loop approach to
business service assurance and automation," he said Our solution will help
customers achieve Lean IT by increasing IT operations productivity while
improving service assurance, helping to reduce administrative overhead, and
lowering total cost of ownership."
The company's Spectrum
Infrastructure Manager and eHealth Performance Manager's support for VMware
vSphere 4 and Cisco Nexus 1000V will deliver event correlation and root cause
analysis that reduces "noise" by suppressing symptomatic alarms. The products
will also deliver "deviation-from-normal" proactive performance management of
virtual environments that helps identify performance issues before users and
services are impacted. In addition, CA said they are designed to deliver live
interactive reporting for troubleshooting, as well historical trend reports for
capacity planning reports.
CA's object model will
include a consolidated hierarchical view of VMware vCenter Server hosts, VMware
vSphere 4 hosts, data centers, clusters, resource pools, virtual switches and
virtual machines, all integrated with the existing physical infrastructure. CA
argues this model-based management, resource monitoring approach helps reduce
costs and increase staff efficiency by correlating physical and virtual data
across the infrastructure to speed time to problem identification and
"With its expanded scope of integrated physical and virtual management including new network systems, CA's Spectrum and eHealth solutions will help accelerate the continued adoption of virtualization within corporate data centers," said VMware's vice president of infrastructure alliances, Shekar Ayyar. "By supporting VMware vSphere 4 and Cisco's Nexus 1000V, CA will be able to provide customers with a streamlined management solution for their cloud computing needs."