CA Puts Focus on Cloud to Enable Business Services

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CA Cloud 360 provides a host of tools to help IT decision makers make the most of today's leading edge infrastructure. Updates to that and other CA technology highlighted the recent CA World event.

Looking to help IT decision makers with the tools to get the most out of the leading edge infrastructure today, CA put the focus on CA Cloud 360 this week at CA World. At the center of its cloud plans, CA’s Cloud 360  lets IT analyze service-level performance and manage SLAs, survey and analyze their application portfolios, predict capacity needs and simulate service virtualization and application behavior in various production scenarios.

CA executives said that the technology updates to this and other offerings will help it better jockey into position as a major cloud player in the coming years and will help customers transition from just managing IT to delivering business services.

"Everyone is scrambling to do more with less, to become more agile and to find more cost-effective ways to support the business.  The result is a transformative moment that offers a tremendous opportunity for competitive differentiation—as well as a huge strategic challenge," David Dobson, executive vice president and group executive of the Customer Solutions Group at CA, said this week. The reality is that we’re all dealing with a huge amount of IT complexity. You’re managing a large data center with infrastructure from multiple vendors.  You’re experimenting with applications and infrastructure in the cloud. But whether you’re adopting a private cloud, a public cloud, or a hybrid of these models, you’re going to need to manage and secure a multi-vendor, multi-platform, cloud-enabled environment."

CA Cloud 360 can help organizations speed up the time and testing it takes to develop new cloud environments. According to CA it makes it possible to ramp up to new cloud infrastructure within three months.

Complementing the release, CA also announced two new identity and access management (IAM) cloud solutions to its CA CloudMinder family of IAM-as-a-Service. The new products will help organizations provision and manage account access in the cloud as needs expand and contract.  In addition to these new security offerings, CA also announced updates to CA Automation Suite for Clouds and CA Application Performance Management, adding improved management functions and support for more platforms like   CA AppLogic platform, VCE vBlockTM Infrastructure Platforms, and Microsoft Hyper-V, IBM LPAR, Oracle Solaris Zones and VMware View, as well as enhanced cloud management in the former, and rolling out cloud application monitoring service with end-to-end transaction visibility into cloud applications in the latter.

On top of these changes and adds, CA also tinkered with its bread-and-butter mainframe solutions to more capably handle the demand for service-oriented IT and better support cloud infrastructure.  Improvements to its mainframe portfolio were made to integrate cross-platform management for application performance and process automation, giving users a better way to trace transactions through distributed and mainframe environments, across virtualized and physical systems within the firewall and into the cloud.

In addition to the product releases, CA also hopes to improve the support it offers partners and customers through the release of the new Cloud Commons Marketplace and Developer Studio. The marketplace offers buyers and sellers a virtual space to compare, procure, manage, and sell ongoing subscription-based cloud solutions, services and content. Meanwhile the studio offers a way for developers to create cloud-ready IT applications for both public and private cloud environments using the AppLogic platform.

Taken in aggregate, Peter Griffiths, executive vice president for CA, said these releases reflect CA's mission to better equip IT departments for a new era of business service delivery.

"IT has to deliver many more services that change much more quickly—and they are turning out to be composite, cloud-spanning applications," he said.  "This evolving hybrid enterprise of the future will include devices, on-premise systems and data, external cloud services, and new applications developed by the enterprise and deployed in the cloud. In this future enterprise, IT organizations need to be equipped with a broad range of solutions that help them deliver IT at the speed of business."