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IT management software and solutions company CA Technologies announced the
latest version of IT Client Manager (ITCM), a solution that extends and
automates enterprise capabilities to inventory, manage and deploy physical and
virtualized systems and applications. ITCM r12.5 provides application
virtualization support, including registering, deploying, detecting, reporting
on and updating Microsoft App-V and VMware ThinApp technologies.

In addition, ITCM r12.5 supports Windows 7 and helps streamline platform
migration by automating processes such as planning and implementation, process
management, reporting and ongoing support. Businesses also benefit from an
extended inventory of virtualized platforms, including VMware ESX, Solaris
Zones and others.

"Enterprises are looking to transform the traditional desktop from a
static infrastructure into a dynamic, virtual workspace that’s always available
and always accessible, promising organizations increased end-user productivity
and business agility," said Roger Pilc, general manager of CA Technologies
virtualization and automation customer solutions unit. "With the new
release of CA IT Client Manager, CA Technologies is laying the foundation for
this transformation, giving customers the ability to manage workspaces and not
just the device infrastructure, without sacrificing security, time or

The solution also helps support corporate sustainability initiatives with
built-in green IT analytics that enable customers to optimize power management
and settings based on asset type, and establish timing parameters for monitors
and hard drives. Teddy Schou, project director for DevoTeam Consulting in Denmark,
said the new green IT assessment features in the solution have enabled his
company to build a hosted solution through which their customers can assess
their savings through sustainability initiatives by minimizing power
consumption and reducing cost. "Our first customer saved $300,000 (or
1 million kg of carbon dioxide) in three years by optimizing the power schemas
of just 3,000 desktops," he said.

Fred Broussard, an analyst with IT research firm IDC,
said managing individual users through the management of a user’s workspace is
a valuable strategy for IT that can lead to increased business agility and
flexibility, lowered IT management costs, and improved service levels. "As
organizations evolve from managing physical client devices to managing the user
workspace, client virtualization will become a key component," he said. "Having
comprehensive capabilities for managing both physical and virtual assets is
critical to supporting the transformation to this workspace of the future."