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August 12, 2009

CA brings management to Amazon EC2

Brings cloud under greater management control

By Jason Stamper

CA announced that its Business-Driven Automation, Service Management, Application Performance Management and Database Management tools now support the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

CA also said it plans to extend the capabilities of several of its systems management offerings to support Amazon EC2, though no dates have been set for delivery. The firm said it believes the ability to manage applications in the Amazon EC2 environment as an extension of the enterprise will help customers achieve what it calls Lean IT.  

“By recognizing the benefits of the cloud and taking steps to manage it as a critical component of their IT architectures, enterprises can accelerate IT’s potential to transform business,” said Stephen Elliot, vice president of strategy for CA’s Infrastructure Management and Automation business unit. “Extending our management solutions to include Amazon EC2 helps customers achieve Lean IT by delivering unprecedented agility and efficiency between existing internal infrastructure and Amazon EC2.”

Specifically, the products that now support Amazon EC2 are CA Spectrum Automation Manager, CA CMDB, CA Service Desk Manager, CA Wily Introscope, and CA Insight Database Performance Manager (DPM).

“As more enterprises embrace cloud services as a solution to cost-effectively optimize the supply of IT resources, many are interested in comprehensive management capabilities between existing internal infrastructure and the cloud,” said Terry Wise, director of business development for Amazon Web Services. “We are pleased to be working with CA to help our mutual customers take advantage of Amazon EC2 as a simple extension of their enterprise IT infrastructure.”

The proposed additional cloud capabilities slated for CA products will take in CA eHealth Performance Manager, CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager, and CA NSM. It said this will give customers the ability to remotely monitor the health and performance of Amazon Web Services-based resources as an integrated and natural extension of existing in-house IT infrastructure.


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