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CA extends devops portfolio

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CA Technologies used this week's CA World '15 conference to make multiple product announcements, including several in the devops arena.

CA's products and services fall into three main categories - devops, agile management and security - and each of those areas saw new or updated products.

This article addresses the devops products - the agile management and security announcements are covered in separate articles.

CA Service Virtualization (originally LISA) is now available from the cloud via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for on-demand use. The product allows individual components of a system to be tested under realistic conditions by simulating the traffic to and from the rest of the system.

"We welcome CA Service Virtualization to Microsoft Azure," said Microsoft cloud and enterprise director of partner marketing Bob Baker.

"Developers and testers now have access to one more solution that can optimise their Azure cloud-based applications test processes."

CA's API management capability has been expanded with the release of CA Live API Creator (pictured) to simplify the creation and maintenance of data APIs) and CA Mobile App Services (SDKs and open APIs for quick development of core mobile app and IoT backend functionality including user management or reliable messaging, freeing developers to focus on building compelling mobile app interfaces).

The release of CA Unified Infrastructure Management for z Systems means CA is the sole provider of a unified infrastructure management product providing a comprehensive, single view of services from mobile to mainframe systems, the company claimed.

This is said to help users improve end-user experiences and reduce down time of revenue generating systems.

"CA UIM for z Systems allows us to easily and quickly identify and diagnose infrastructure performance problems across the mainframe and distributed environments with a single view," said BHI USA (a commercial bank) assistant vice president IT infrastructure Scott Brod.

"This helps save the organisation money, as we are able to free up our mainframe specialists to focus on more business critical efforts and ultimately support business growth."

CA Virtual Network Assurance is said to be the only software defined networking and network functions virtualisation assurance solution designed to help operations teams gain visibility and sustain reliability on self-service driven, dynamic networks.

CA APJ CTO Stephen Miles told iTWire he was "super excited" by this very important development. CA's existing network products were designed for basically static networks, not the SDN world of networks that are dynamic by design and that allocate bandwidth as required by applications.

CA Virtual Network Assurance monitors the way infrastructure is being used, and feeds the information into the management system so that subsequent requests can be optimally provisioned.

Miles added that CA is working on SDN/NFV with Intel, which is making related chipsets, and is actively involved in the development of the OpenDaylight platform.

Please read the separate reports on CA's agile and security product announcements.

Disclosure: The writer attended CA World as a guest of the company

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