CA Automation Suite Enables Management of Multiple Hypervisors, Infrastructures
CA Technologies made a big splash in the cloud market this week with the launch of a spate of new updated products targeted to both enterprise customers and service providers interested in building out their public and private cloud offerings.
Instrumental to the offerings is an integrated but free-flowing cloud system that avoids the kind of vendor lock-in forced by 'cloud stack' approaches by other vendors, CA executives say. This is especially important for service providers looking for greater flexibility and better bottom line impact from their infrastructure.
"Service providers are looking at the cloud as a huge opportunity but also as a huge threat as they're trying to figure out what niche they're going after," says Jay Fry, vice president of strategy for CA's Cloud Management Customer Solutions Unit. "(They're wondering,) 'How do I make a sustainable business? And what is the infrastructure of the technology I need to have in place so I can offer these cloud services and do it quickly?' And that's the choice we're trying to enable them with. We're focused around how to help them quickly increase revenue and also maintain margin."
The new offering most likely to attract service provider attention is CA Automation Suite for Clouds 1.0, which gives service providers the power to improve efficiency by automating and managing a range of infrastructure products, including Cisco UCS, VCE Vblock infrastructure platforms, NetApp, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and IBM LPARs. . It supports end-user self-service and provides a catalog of applications and services that can be accessed through a secure, online portal, integrating that with on-demand provisioning, dynamic resource and workload management, service metering and billing, and role-based security.
For partners selling to the enterprise, another highlight among the new offerings is CA Virtual Placement Manager 1.0, which helps organizations take on problems of VM stall and sprawl with its analytics engine. At its core is its capacity management capability, which offers solutions for optimal workload assignment, predicting capacity needs, and addressing performance and response time risks while also right-sizing new and existing virtual machines. Users can perform these analyses with both existing and hypothetical infrastructure components.
Perhaps the heart of the slew of updates important to both service providers and enterprises was the launch of the updated CA AppLogic 3.0. The turnkey cloud platform gives users the ability to define infrastructure, provision, deploy and manage applications, as well as monitor operations, using only a browser.
Available today, the new version of CA AppLogic offers an application-centric, fast and easy approach for delivering infrastructure, tools, applications and virtual data centers in the cloud. Service providers can use the CA AppLogic platform to add new revenue-driving services—independent of hypervisor technology—with dramatic speed, flexibility and choice. It can support multiple hypervisors on the same grid, including VMware ESX and Xen, giving service providers the ability to address more customers and architectures, and allows enterprises to protect their investments in VMware.
"We have a long-standing relationship with CA Technologies providing CA AppLogic software for our enterprise-class cloud computing solutions including virtual private data centers (VPDCs) and on-demand cloud services," said Kevin Van Mondfrans, senior director of Cloud Services at Layered Tech. "CA Technologies continues to demonstrate its commitment to Layered Tech and our customers by ensuring that CA AppLogic delivers the flexibility, scalability, protection and ease-of-use needed to keep pace with our rapidly growing VPDC and cloud services business."
As an added bonus to service providers, CA also took the wraps off a new CA Cloud Market Accelerator Program for Service Providers, offering partners tools and resources for co-marketing, sales enablement and collaboration.
"It's essentially a set of tools and go to market planning that will help our partners work on both to targeting their business, improving their revenues and building margin, doing it in a way where we're not just throwing technology over the wall."