CA Automation Suite Brings the Cloud to SMBs

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The products in CA's Automation Suite help SMBs transition to a virtualized, cloud-computing infrastructure.

IT management software and solutions specialist CA Technologies announced the general availability of three products in the CA Automation Suite, launched in October. CA Configuration Automation r12, CA Process Automation r3, and CA Server Automation r12 are designed to help SMBs (small and medium-size businesses) expedite their passage to a virtualized, cloud computing infrastructure.

The company’s Configuration Automation r12 is a business service automation product designed to enable greater standardization of IT services, reduced downtime, and increased compliance with regulatory and IT security policies. Configuration Automation provides application and system discovery and dependency mapping, as well as configuration monitoring and remediation, across a range of applications and distributed physical and virtual servers. Features include granular configuration tracking and auditing, more than 1000 out-of-the-box application, service, compliance and system templates and policies and the ability to use either agent or agent-less approaches.

Process Automation r3 is a also a business service automation product designed to help reduce operational expenses, increase staff productivity and increase speed in delivering IT services by documenting, automating, and orchestrating a range of processes across platforms, applications, and IT groups. Features include a graphical designer interface, visual exception handling, and over 50 CA Technologies and third-party pre-built data connectors and Quickstarts, including ones for Amazon Web Services, and VMware vSphere. These features provide a context of the tasks being automated to architects.

Server Automation r12 is an infrastructure automation product that provisions, patches, and deploys applications and services across physical and virtual systems based on standard templates and performance metrics. New capabilities include support for new hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V and support for Cisco UCS. Client Automation r12.5 and CA Virtual Automation r3 were made generally available in May 2010 and July 2010, respectively. CA Workload Automation r11.3 is planned to be generally available by spring 2011, according to a company release.

For more, read the eWeek article: CA Automation Suite Aimed at SMB Cloud Users.