CA Automation Suite Offers Integration, Configuration Features

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The Automation Suite features two new products and enhancements to four other products.

IT management software specialist CA Technologies announced the release of its Automation Suite, designed to help businesses migrate to a virtualized, dynamic cloud computing infrastructure. The suite is designed to offer a business service-centric approach to the deployment and elastic scaling of IT infrastructure and services by automating, orchestrating, integrating and standardizing the provisioning and management of physical, virtual and cloud resources.

The Automation Suite features two new products and enhancements to four other products. All the products may be purchased and implemented separately or in three new pre-integrated solutions designed for critical-use case requirements: hybrid clouds, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and data centers, the company noted. Business service automation features include Process Automation, Configuration Automation and Workload Automation.

Process automation documents, automates and orchestrates a range of processes across platforms, applications and IT groups. Features include a graphical designer interface, more than 50 CA Technologies and third-party prebuilt data connectors, and visual exception handling. Configuration automation provides application and system discovery and dependency mapping across applications and distributed physical and virtual servers. Features include granular configuration tracking and auditing; more than 1,000 out-of-the-box application, service and system templates and policies, and the ability to use either agent or agentless approaches.

"Enterprise data center virtualization and cloud computing strategies are being rapidly implemented across heterogeneous physical and virtual infrastructures," said Mary Johnston Turner, research director for enterprise system management software for IT research firm IDC. "These new computing architectures significantly complicate many activities, such as application and server provisioning, and change management. Automated provisioning solutions are needed to help IT teams address these challenges."

Workload automation optimizes the scheduling of enterprise workloads. The solution can be hosted and managed from both mainframe and distributed platforms. New capabilities include enhanced agents that support more than 50 job types, dynamic management of mixed workloads for virtualized resources and the ability to schedule workloads in public clouds such as Amazon EC2. Additional capabilities include the ability to manage business workloads and IT services as a single process, to monitor an entire business process, and to analyze impact and root causes in case of a job failure.

The promise of greater agility, increased ROI and improved resource utilization is driving rapid implementation of virtualization and cloud computing initiatives across enterprise data centers," said Roger Pilc, general manager of virtualization and automation for CA. "However, this results in an additional layer of management complexity that can constrain IT's ability to meet business needs. The Automation Suite is designed to absorb this complexity, helping IT to increase agility, reduce risk and cost, and improve service delivery while aligning with the business in unprecedented, transformational ways."