The second new product is CA Configuration Automation, which performs application and system discovery and dependency mapping. It includes 1,000 out-of-the-box system templates and policies, and users can opt for either agent or agent-less operation. Automating the configuration of IT assets can lead to greater standardization of IT services, which in turn can help companies reduce downtime and increase compliance with regulatory and IT security policies, CA says.
The four upgraded products are CA's Workload Automation, Virtual Automation, Server Automation and Client Automation.
CA's job scheduler, called Workload Automation, can be hosted and managed from both mainframe and distributed platforms. New to the product are the ability to schedule workloads in public clouds such as Amazon EC2, and the ability to manage mixed workloads for virtualized resources.
On the infrastructure front, Virtual Automation provides self-service and automated virtual server provisioning using an integrated reservation system, CA says. New capabilities include support for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor and support for Amazon VPC.
Server Automation handles the provisioning, patching, and deployment of applications and services across physical and virtual systems, using standard templates. New capabilities include support for Hyper-V and support for Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) platform.
Client Automation (formerly known as CA IT Client Manager) automates client device management tasks including bare metal buildups and rebuilds, patch management, Windows 7 migrations and remote desktop support. New capabilities include VMware VDI linked clone management and enhanced business reporting options, CA says.
CA's new bundled options eliminate the busy work that goes along with integrating best-of-breed automation products, Shopp says.
"By pre-bundling these together, our customers don't have to focus on duct tape and baling wire to tie together individual products and make sure their APIs are talking and information is flowing. We take care of that for them," Shopp says. Customers instead can focus their energies on the people and processes that are unique to their businesses, making sure those are appropriately codified, he adds.
For instance, CA Automation Suite for Hybrid Clouds includes the tools enterprises need to provision servers and VMs to both private and public clouds. It consists of three CA modules -- Process Automation, Server Automation and Virtual Automation, plus CA's Service Catalog software.