“CA Technologies is proud to offer Vblock-certified solutions,” said Dave Hansen, general manager, Enterprise Solutions and Cloud Management, CA Technologies. “We expect our alliance with VCE to be an important part of our continued focus to help customers use and provide cloud-based services that transform IT for agility, efficiency and business innovation.”
VCE’s best-of-breed standardized converged infrastructure platform is a foundational building block for cloud computing that helps customers around the world rapidly realize the benefits of applications running in a virtualized environment. VCE and CA Technologies plan to certify a broad portfolio of CA Technologies service management, service assurance, service automation, virtualization management, capacity management, and security solutions for use on and with Vblock platforms.
“CA Technologies-ready” Vblock platforms are planned to include orchestration connectors for the company’s solutions, such as CA Service Catalog, CA Process Automation and CA Spectrum®. This framework is expected to allow customers to leverage ready-to-use, integrated solutions to help make it easier to provision, orchestrate, manage and secure application workloads and services on a Vblock architecture.
“Deploying the Vblock Platform with CA Technologies Vblock Ready™ solutions integrated with Vblock Unified Infrastructure Manager will help customers accelerate their ability to realize the benefits of an agile converged infrastructure, improving application performance while dramatically improving IT operational efficiency,” said Phil Harris, vice president, Platform Engineering and Strategy, VCE.
The initial planned offerings will focus on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment and management, and migration of Tier 1, integral enterprise applications to the Vblock platform. These offerings will extend the proven delivery capabilities of the Vblock platform, help drive quicker adoption of the converged infrastructure platform and help lower operating costs by providing robust application and service lifecycle management.
Most CIOs aim to use VDI to gain efficiencies and agility for their end-user computing infrastructure; however these solutions require sophisticated and flexible automation, and other management capabilities. Together, CA Technologies and VCE will plan to deliver self-service automation, orchestration, and accounting capabilities that deliver a reliable and scalable VDI solution. The planned solution will feature CA Process Automation, CA Service Catalog, connectors, workflows, and VDI capacity planning services.
The application migration capabilities CA Technologies delivers will help address one of the biggest challenges CIOs face today: how to modernize application architectures and platforms, and migrate them to next-generation virtualized and cloud infrastructures. Whether migrating from either distributed physical to virtual systems, or from departmental to converged infrastructures, the CA Technologies solutions, coupled with the Vblock platform, will help deliver repeatable, consistent results and predictable application performance. The planned application migration solution will be based on CA Capacity Management capabilities from Hyperformix, a recent CA Technologies acquisition.
Both offerings are targeted for availability in late June 2011.
“Mature virtualization implementations must stabilize management, technology integration, and IT processes in order to move toward increased automation and operational efficiency. This demands command-and-control, rapid provisioning, service management, and reporting up and down the physical and virtual technology stacks,” said Mark Bowker, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “This alliance will be strategic for customers focused beyond consolidation and cost containment and honed in on enabling a more efficient IT infrastructure capable of responding to dynamic business changes while building tomorrow’s data center.”
For more information about this strategic alliance, visit www.ca.com/vce.
VCE Company, LLC (“VCE”), the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure. For more information, go to http://www.vce.com/.
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