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January 11, 2011

CA Technologies unveils three products in automation suite

Configuration Automation, Process Automation, and Server Automation

By CBR Staff Writer

CA Technologies has introduced three products in its Automation Suite: Configuration Automation r12, Process Automation r3, and Server Automation r12.

The company said the new offerings are designed to help customers expedite their journey to a virtualised, dynamic cloud computing infrastructure, and increase business agility.

The Configuration Automation r12 is a new Business Service Automation product designed to enable standardisation of IT services, reduced downtime, and increased compliance with regulatory and IT security policies.

The Configuration Automation provides application and system discovery and dependency mapping, configuration monitoring and remediation, across an array of applications and distributed physical and virtual servers.

The Configuration Automation r12 features include granular configuration tracking and auditing; more than 1,000 out-of-the-box applications, services, compliance and system templates and policies; and the flexibility of using either agent or agent-less approaches.

The new Process Automation r3 is a new Business Service Automation product that helps reduce operational expenses, increase staff productivity, increase speed in delivering IT services by documenting, automating, and orchestrating a range of processes across platforms, applications, and IT groups.

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Process Automation r3 features a graphical designer interface, visual exception handling, and over 50 CA Technologies and third-party pre-built data connectors and Quickstarts, including ones for Amazon Web Services, and VMware vSphere.

The company said its Server Automation r12 is an Infrastructure Automation product that provides patches, and deploys applications and services across physical and virtual systems based on standard templates and key performance metrics.

The company said that all the three products in the Automation Suite can be implemented separately or in three pre-integrated offerings designed for use-case requirements: hybrid clouds, Cisco UCS, and data centres.

The company said that its Automation Suite for Hybrid Clouds is designed for enterprises interested in building an internal private cloud, or planning to leverage a public cloud as a part of their data centre strategy.

The Automation Suite for Hybrid Clouds helps standardise IT service delivery to business customers through a unified, self-service reservation system and seamless administration.

In addition, the integrated offering includes Process Automation, Server Automation, Virtual Automation, and Service Catalog and Accounting.

The Automation Suite for Cisco UCS is designed for enterprises scaling out a Cisco UCS offering in their data centres that need heterogeneous configuration and provisioning support, and industrial-grade scalability.

The integrated offering, which the company has jointly developed with Cisco, includes its Configuration Automation, Process Automation, Server Automation, and Virtual Automation.

The company said that with its Virtual Automation, images can be moved to Cisco UCS from non-Cisco UCS servers.

Finally, the company said that its Automation Suite for Data Centres is designed for enterprises looking to maximise the benefits of managing integrated physical and virtual infrastructures, while preparing to take advantage of cloud computing’s benefits.

CA Technologies virtualisation and automation general manager Roger Pilc said the Automation Suite has been well received by customers looking for a comprehensive offering to help rapidly deliver services in response to changing business needs.

"Designed with unified physical and virtualisation management in mind, the Suite provides a clear path toward helping enterprises accelerate the benefits of virtualisation and cloud computing," Pilc said.

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