CA launches latest Linux, Brightstor offerings

Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) last month added more open-source weapons to its enterprise arsenal with the release of a dozen new Linux software solutions.

Targeted at heterogeneous enterprises, CA launched new versions of Unicenter Management for WebSphere, Unicenter Management Portal, eTrust Web Access Control and CleverPath Aion Business Rules Expert.

For distributed environments, CA released BrightStor ARCserve Backup agents for Apache and MySQL; for mainframe environments, the company unveiled new versions of Unicenter Network and Systems ManagementJob Management Option and reporting tool Advantage CA-Easytrieve.

With the announcement, the Islandia, N.Y.-based vendor noted it now offers more than 60 open-source solutions to support Linux within multi-vendor IT environments.

“Organizations have moved past the experimental pilot stage with Linux and are now implementing systems that are central to their core business needs,” said Sam Greenblatt, senior vice-president and chief architect of CA’s Linux Technology Group in a statement.

Greenblatt noted the CA offerings are designed to “integrate those Linux resources into the larger enterprise technology landscape.”

At press time, Canadian pricing was not available.

In other CA doings last month, the company released its latest Brightstor storage area network (SAN) solution, an offering it said is designed to tackle multi-vendor SAN environments.

The enterprise solution, dubbed Brightstor SAN Manager, can be integrated with other CA products – including BrightStor Storage Resource Manager and BrightStor Portal – and uses a single point of control GUI to monitor, manage and troubleshoot heterogeneous SAN environments, CA said.

The solution will support competing storage vendor devices including Brocade, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and EMC, the company said, adding that it incorporates policy-based automation to lessen enterprise storage failures.

BrightStor SAN Manager also can be integrated with Unicenter infrastructure management solutions, CA said – IT departments can link BrightStor SAN Manager to Unicenter Service Level Management, thereby incorporating their SANs into end-to-end infrastructure service level agreements.

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