CA Technologies Chief Says Cloud Computing, Virtualization Propel Business Transformation

Vendor unveils cloud management suite, cloud services strategy, new corporate name.

CA Technologies Inc. chief executive Bill McCracken told some 7,000 attendees at the vendor’s CA World 2010 conference in Las Vegas, NV that economic conditions, advances in technology and customer needs are framing a transformation that will prompt businesses to adopt virtualization and cloud computing to remain competitive.

Accordingly, the vendor rolled out an integrated cloud computing management collection consisting of four products, namely Cloud Insight, Cloud Compose, Cloud Optimize and Cloud Orchestrate, intended to provide assessment, construction, optimization and organization tools.

In addition, the company revealed that it has renamed itself to CA Technologies, a change it said more accurately reflects the range of IT management solutions it offers. In 2006, the vendor changed its name to CA from the original Computer Associates Inc.

CA Technologies also said that it will begin offering its IT management solutions as a service.

McCracken told an audience of customers, partners, employees and analysts that “virtualization and cloud computing will enable businesses to adapt to rapidly changing market and customer needs.”

The vendor is targeting virtualization management and cloud computing along with identity and access management and IT management-as-a-service as key growth segments. It intends to position itself as a provider of IT support to companies with enterprise environments that span multiple generations of technology from the mainframe to the cloud.

“As we emerge from the global economic downturn, we have a tremendous opportunity to leap forward and embrace change, or risk being left behind,” McCracken said.

Comprehensive cloud management suite based on acquired technology

Included in CA Technologies’ cloud management suite is Cloud Insight, a standard service management index that allows companies to assess and prioritize internal and external IT services to meet IT needs at a given time. Cloud Compose offers a solution to help companies create a compute cloud from commodity hardware, construct and deploy services into the cloud, and manage the services.

Cloud Optimize helps customers make optimal use of the external and internal infrastructure and services available to them, enabling cloud-connected clients to get more value from their IT budgets. Cloud Orchestrate provides workflow control and policy-based automation of changes to cloud services, relying on input from Cloud Insight, Cloud Compose and Cloud Optimize.

The four cloud management solutions are based on technology acquired from the vendor’s earlier purchases of 3Tera, Oblicore and Cassatt, officials said.

Chris O’Malley, CA Technologies executive vice president, Cloud Products and Solutions Business Line, said that in keeping with the vendor’s plans to deliver more of its IT management solutions as a service it will offer a unified monitoring solution from Nimsoft Inc., a recent acquisition, as a cloud service called Nimsoft On Demand.

CA Technologies also will offer a service portal, called On Demand Self Service Portal, available this summer, that will enable customers to buy, provision and administer the vendor’s IT management solutions as a service.

“CA Technologies is pioneering the delivery of IT management solutions under a SaaS model that enables customers to quickly shop for, acquire and deploy the tools they need to support their increasingly complex, dynamic and virtualized supply chains,” O’Malley said.

“This will make it much easier for IT organizations to take advantage of innovative management solutions as they become available, while also helping to drive down their overall cost of technology ownership.”

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