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February 8, 2010

CA, NetApp extend partnership for management of public, private cloud infrastructures

Integrate CA's virtualisation, automation and service assurance with NetApp's storage management offerings

By CBR Staff Writer

CA and NetApp have extended their multi-year solutions partnership to develop management offerings for public and private cloud environments.

Under the partnership, the companies are integrating CA’s virtualisation, automation and service assurance offerings with NetApp’s storage management offerings.

The companies claim that the combined offerings help customers drive operational efficiencies through enhanced business agility, productivity and service quality, while helping to lower costs and reduce risks that are associated with virtualisation and cloud-based infrastructures.

The integration of CA’s Spectrum Automation Manager with NetApp’s Provisioning Manager would enable customers to automate their cloud infrastructure and would also streamline the provisioning process. It would also allow the storage to be automated alongside the server, network and applications, the companies said.

According to CA, the Spectrum Service Assurance analyses information from infrastructure and application performance management tools to indicate how network, physical and virtual systems, database, and application problems impact business service quality. The integration of Spectrum Service Assurance with the NetApp’s SANscreen suite would extend the CA solution’s business service modeling capability into the storage domain.

In addition, CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager and eHealth Performance Manager intend to extend their support for NetApp’s fault and performance management products. Initially, CA plans to integrate storage service violations and performance data from SANscreen, expanding proactive performance monitoring with live analysis, performance dashboards and reporting.

Tom Kendra, executive vice president of enterprise products and solutions at CA, said: Our expanded solutions partnership with NetApp will not only bolster CA’s storage management capabilities, it also will help ensure CA’s continued ability to deliver end-to-end infrastructure management – an important capability as our customers begin using public and private cloud services to drive business growth.

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