Two players in the data center management space just got closer. Eaton’s power management technologies, which help increase power reliability and control cost by reducing energy consumption, have been integrated into DCIM software from CA Technologies in a turnkey solution that helps bridge the gap between IT and facilities.
Eaton’s power management technologies are designed to help customers increase the reliability of their power infrastructure and control cost by reducing energy consumption. CA DCIM software provides a web-based, centralized solution for monitoring power, cooling and environmental conditions across facilities and IT systems in the data center. Their functions complement one another, forming a turnkey solution.
"CA Technologies and Eaton are two of the leading companies in data center technology, each providing critical products in very different areas,” said Andy Lawrence, vice president of Data Center Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT, 451 Research. “Both companies understand that the most effective and competitive data centers in the future will make full use of embedded intelligence and intelligent management systems. Their formation of a complementary hardware and software partnership is a notable and very logical step forward for data center systems and DCIM.”
IT services provider CA Technologies says there is increased consumer demand for companies to manage IT energy consumption and carbon emissions, driving increased uptake of their enterprise software products, and impacting CA Technologies’ sustainability strategies.
The US-headquartered CA Technologies has operations in Australia, and Cynthia Curtis, chief sustainability officer, recently visited to meet with local colleagues and clients. Political uncertainty about the future of the carbon pricing regime has meant that clients are not pushing for software platforms to manage the reporting of energy consumption and CO2 emissions from IT facilities, Curtis said.
“From my quick perspective, when I was here last year, before the carbon price was implemented, there was an awful lot of conversation about it and there was heightened operational interest in looking at solutions and what it could mean for companies,” she said. “The sense is that either it’s not going to last at all, or it’s going to be modified substantially.”
Portland, Ore.-based Integra has deployed CA Performance Management (CA PM), the core network and systems monitoring product in CA Technologies' converged infrastructure management solution.
Integra uses CA PM to monitor, analyze and report the real-time status and trends of its enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000-mile long-haul fiber-optic network, a nationwide IP/MPLS network and 3,000 miles of metropolitan fiber. This helps Integra to assure the performance, availability and quality of the services it provides to businesses, CA said.
“CA Performance Management offers easy-to-use management and customizable reporting tools, which support Integra’s goal of providing best-in-class services and an exceptional customer experience," said Jason Koenders, senior vice president, engineering and network planning at Integra.
CA Technologies today announced it is rapidly expanding its market-leading CA LISA solutions to address the most critical challenges in operationalizing DevOps methodologies, helping customers improve application development and delivery to accelerate innovation. As part of this initiative, the company announced it acquired Nolio, bringing continuous delivery capabilities to CA Technologies service virtualization business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Winning in today’s world of rapid agile development and complex hybrid infrastructures requires IT organizations to have automated application delivery processes and tools to deliver innovation to customers with perfection, and faster than the competition,” said Shridhar Mittal, general manager, Application Delivery, CA Technologies. “Building on our expertise in Service Virtualization—through both organic development and a targeted acquisition—we are driving efficiencies, cost savings and faster release cycles, and equally important, we are helping our customers achieve a truly optimized approach to DevOps.”
With the combined application delivery solution, customers can simplify and streamline application releases, develop and test applications rapidly, move applications into production automatically with higher quality, and better ensure continuous application delivery across the software development lifecycle for improved business and operational agility.
…the contents and presentations of this CA World were more focused and integrated than ever. Even with a significant number of new and reassigned executives, the goals and messaging support each other in more obvious and specific ways. Sure, with queries about very specific distinctions, you can find a little ‘fuzziness’ on the show floor, most notably when recently acquired products haven’t quite got their positioning (and competitive) verbiage settled vis-a-vis an existing product. But, this is to be expected as the newbies settle into the much larger corporate portfolio.
The new leadership at CA Technologies has clearly identified what and where they want to be. Talk about vendors partnering with clients is nothing new. But, there is a new level of openness, unveiling of plans and roadmaps in public, along with more active listening than previously. There are structured programs and communities set up that solicit feedback from customers about their needs, wants and desires. AND, CA Technologies is demonstrating it both understands and can act on the difference among these. The communities and opportunities for interaction appear larger and more active.
On the show floor, the talk is more of a complete solution to a customer’s problem, and less about the tools available. The talk includes just how this solution contributes to satisfying the business problem, as well as the immediate operational issue. This is a reflection, as much of the change in the business of IT, as it is in the corporate vision and culture of CA Technologies. This is all to the good. IT can’t survive in an operational silo – as Mike Gregoire said, the CIO must visibly play in the success of the CEO – that task needs to be recognized and acted on by everyone else in IT. CA Technologies is clearly ready to support customer efforts to make that happen.
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