CA Technologies Expands Mainframe Linux Management Portfolio
August 08, 2011
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CA Technologies announced a new release of the CA VM:Manager Suite for Linux on System z and a new capability for CA Solve Operations Automation. The company also announced partnerships with INNOVATION Data Processing and Velocity Software that are designed to help customers increase cost savings by optimizing Linux management.

The new products add important new capabilities that broaden CA Technologies existing portfolio of cross-enterprise Linux management software for System z and distributed systems in solution areas including Security, Performance Management, Workload Automation, Storage Management, Event Automation, Application Development and Data Transport.

The new release of the CA VM:Manager Suite includes enhancements across product areas, which extend integrated management capabilities designed to control costs, improve performance, increase user productivity and more efficiently manage and secure z/VM systems that support Linux on System z. It also adds tape management capabilities for Linux on System z, along with improvements that help CA Technologies customers install, deploy and service their CA z/VM products quickly and more effectively.

The company also introduced a new capability in CA Solve Operations Automation: the means to manage Linux applications as if they were System z applications, thereby reducing the need for mainframe Linux operations expertise.

To further enhance the Linux management suite, CA Technologies has signed licensing and distribution agreements with two leading Linux management companies to sell:

• INNOVATION Data Processing’s UPSTREAM for Linux on Z and UPSTREAM for UNIX on z/OS UNIX: helps save time and money by providing easy-to-use data protection, allowing z/OS storage managers to use their mainframe expertise to centrally manage storage in hybrid mainframe and distributed environments without being UNIX file system experts.

• Velocity Software’s zVPS Performance Suite: helps IT organizations optimize performance and costs via graphical, real-time access to detailed performance data and analysis of z/VM and Linux on System z performance. Read more below.

CA Technologies Signs Agreement with Velocity Software

CA Technologies has signed a global licensing and distribution agreement with Velocity Software, a Linux performance management company, to include the company’s zVPS Performance Suite for IBM System z in its comprehensive Linux on System z management offering.

Velocity Software’s products help IT organizations optimize performance and reduce cost via graphical, real-time access to detailed performance data and analysis of z/VM and Linux on System z performance.

zVPS offers easy-to-use graphical and web-based tools to help analyze capacity requirements, establish operational alerts and determine chargeback usage. Its detailed information helps IT staff optimize performance and effectively manage the cost of their Linux on System z environment. By gathering data from Linux on System z and distributed environments, such as VMWare, Microsoft, Linux and Unix servers, zVPS supports server consolidation projects and facilitates decisions on the most cost-effective placement of workloads.

“There are strong synergies between the Linux on System z offerings from CA Technologies and Velocity Software,” says Barton Robinson, Velocity Software CEO. "This partnering of complementary solutions helps to greatly strengthen the value proposition in managing Linux on System z platforms for our mutual customers."

The Velocity Software zVPS Performance Suite for IBM System z is now available from CA Technologies.

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