November 02, 2010, 9:53 PM — CA Technologies debuted its newly reorganized tools for automating the provisioning and management of physical, virtual and cloud-based IT resources.
The CA Automation Suite includes two new products and four upgraded products. It's designed to make it easier for IT teams to select the appropriate tools, depending on their roles. Companies can purchase and deploy the products separately, adding capabilities at their own pace. Or users can choose from CA's three new pre-integrated bundles.
As enterprises increase their virtualization deployments and add cloud computing to the mix, it's creating new management challenges and putting pressure on IT teams to start automating more processes.
Traditional activities such as server provisioning, change management and performance monitoring become more complicated in virtualized and cloud environments, according to Mary Johnston Turner, research director for enterprise system management software at IDC.
"Automated provisioning solutions are needed to help IT teams address these challenges," Turner said. "The CA Automation Suite targets many of these requirements while providing customers with modular implementation options designed to deliver value quickly and allowing customers to ramp up use of automation at a pace that makes sense for their business."
With CA's tools, unveiled last week, enterprises can manage both physical and virtual resources, streamline server provisioning, and improve IT resource utilization, says Ryan Shopp, CA's senior director of automation product marketing. CA looked at how most companies deploy automation and then organized its tools into six products to support increasingly sophisticated requirements, he says. The automation tools follow a logical adoption curve "as companies aspire to increase their virtualization maturity and achieve cloud capabilities," Shopp says.
CA Process Automation is one of the new products, designed to help companies deliver IT services more efficiently by automating processes across platforms, applications and groups. The software includes more than 50 prebuilt data connectors from CA and third-parties such as IBM, BMC, Microsoft and VMware.