CA has eight new and updated solutions that deliver on its Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision to enable customers to govern, manage and secure their IT environments.
CA's new offerings include products for managing compliance and risk across mainframe and distributed computing environments, and products that enable IT to implement consistent management policies and processes across computing platforms and organisational boundaries. The solutions will also help to streamline essential IT operations and more readily implement best-practice frameworks such as ITIL and COBIT.
"Today's successful businesses understand that IT can be a powerful competitive weapon," says Gary Lawrence, MD, CA South Africa. "CA's EITM vision is designed to enable our customers to use IT to win in the marketplace."
Compliance and policy enforcement
Five of the CA solutions improve enterprise-wide risk management by helping organisations address both external regulations and internal performance objectives. CA's solutions help reduce associated costs and enable implementation of best practices for identifying, measuring, analysing and balancing risk. Several of the solutions have been specifically designed to facilitate adherence to SOX, PCI Standard, HIPAA, COBIT, and many other important standards.
* CA GRC Manager r1.5 offers risk management, compliance and audit professionals new capabilities to centrally manage risk and compliance initiatives across the enterprise. The new version enables organisations to manage business policies throughout their lifecycle, correlate and analyse key performance and risk indicators, and automate GRC programme management to help ensure peak performance.
* CA Security Compliance Manager is a new product that improves IT security and helps facilitate compliance with legal, corporate and government regulations. It is designed to automatically detect security policy or compliance violations, such as inactive or orphan accounts, and initiate remediation. It also streamlines the manual processes around certification and attestation of entitlements. CA Security Compliance Manager integrates with CA Identity Manager, CA-ACF2 and CA-Top Secret, CA GRC Manager and CA Service Desk. It delivers compliance reports that show 'who has access to what,' 'who can do what' and 'who approved what' - while simplifying corrective action.
* CA Access Control Premium Edition improves its customers' approach to IT security and compliance by providing cross-platform creation, deployment and management of more specific, role-based access controls for servers. With the support of an automated distribution and endpoint update system, it can manage thousands of endpoints from a single server and accommodate large deployments. It also provides aggregated, proactive reporting on entitlements and policy status so that out-of-policy issues can be corrected before they create security or compliance problems.
* CA Identity Manager r12 gives organisations the capabilities to manage identities from creation to modification to removal in both mainframe and distributed environments. The architecture, installation, administration and reporting enhancements made to this release help organisations reduce the complexity and cost of an identity management deployment, while easing compliance initiatives. It supports integration and customisation with specialised systems and applications through a wizard-based identity integration tool.
* CA Software Compliance Manager is a new product that enables organisations to reduce the risks and costs associated with managing software licences. Today, many businesses rely on manual, unrepeatable processes to manage software licences. This increases the risk of software audit failure. The software compliance manager helps establish sustainable and continuous compliance processes that help meet regulatory mandates. It eases audit processes by integrating software asset data from third party and CA inventory tools and then normalises it for proper licence management.
Automation and policy-based controls
According to a 26 February, 2008 report by Forrester Research entitled 'Data Center Automation Defined', IT spends about 75% of its budget on ongoing operations and maintenance. One major reason for this is the absence of mechanisms to automate tasks. Many factors lead to the rising labour costs associated with the management and maintenance of infrastructure, and the only way to counter these factors is to adopt automation to reduce costs and increase efficiency wherever possible.
Three of the solutions introduced by CA use automation to align IT with the business, improve efficiency and reduce cost:
* CA IT Process Manager is a new product that strengthens CA's Data Center Automation solutions by automating IT processes across the data centre. It is designed to drive down management costs and increase productivity, while enforcing best practices aimed at improving performance and availability of critical business applications. Process Manager transforms IT management and the ability to deliver services to the business faster by allowing organisations to design, build, orchestrate, manage and report on workflows that support IT operations processes. Customers can automate and visualise critical IT processes around key IT initiatives including workload automation, data centre automation, disaster recovery, consolidation, ITIL/ITSM, provisioning, security and virtualisation management by leveraging integration to more than 30 IT management solutions from CA, as well as IBM, BMC, HP and Microsoft.
* CA Advanced Systems Management r11.2 builds on CA's commitment to provide customers a vendor- and platform-neutral solution that streamlines the management of physical and virtual server environments. Expanding CA's support for a broad array of virtualisation platforms, Advanced Systems Management now integrates with VMware VirtualCenter and supports Sun's logical domains. It also provides insight for virtual and cluster environments through physical-to-virtual mapping of the enterprise server infrastructure. This functionality helps customers continuously assess, manage and optimise virtual system resources to verify service availability.
* CA OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation r11.6 automates management of z/OS system resources and features a Switch Operations Facility (SOF) that enables mainframe system administrators to quickly visualise, monitor, and manage the health of complex enterprise systems connection and fibre connectivity infrastructures. These infrastructures, which connect mainframes to peripheral resources such as storage devices are critically important for the delivery of IT services, but also are notoriously difficult and time-consuming to manage. With the SOF, IT staff can manage this infrastructure more effectively in less time.