CA Updates Network, Systems Management for Mainframe SOA

CA aims to help IT managers and architects implement mainframe-to-SOA projects with upgrades to its hallmark network and systems management offerings. Updates will boost visibility, performance, availability and compliance with SLAs for business-critical applications, a top CA exec tells IDN.

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CA aims to help IT managers and architects implement mainframe-to-SOA projects with upgrades to its hallmark network and systems management offerings.

CA's updates will boost visibility, performance, availability and compliance with SLAs for business-critical applications, a top CA execs tells IDN.

The new releases are CA SYSVIEW Performance Management r12 and CA NetMaster Network Management for TCP/IP r11.6.

Together, these upgrades aim to greatly reduce the complexity of managing mainframe-based services, to better enable IT managers and architects to share mainframe-based assets throughout the enterprise. Vince Re, CA senior vice president told Integration Developer News.

CA Addresses IT's Needs for Mainframe-SOA Reliability
"For our customers, SOA is driving a lot of what they do and think about these days, so we think about SOA as interchangeable building blocks, that's the promise," Re told IDN.

"But, even in an SOA context, network and performance problems and ensuring reliability, is the elephant in the room. All the end-to-end [interactions between mainframe and middle-tier resources] tends to be incredibly complex," he added.

"So," in Re's words, "the challenge is how do you understand your infrastructure when it includes SOA, mainframe, and the glue that brings it together?" Quite simply, CA's latest updates to its network, systems and performance management portfolio seek to answer that question.

CA SYSVIEW Performance Management r12 provides proactive management and real-time monitoring of z/OS environments across multiple systems. It also supports third-party data sources, such as IBM's RMF, and is also tightly integrated with CA's OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation and CA Insight Performance Monitor for DB2 for z/OS.

CA NetMaster Network Management for TCP/IP r 11.6, which supports IPv6, offloads a large part of its processing to zIIP engines, so sites can reduce consumption of expensive general processor CPU cycles.

As Re sees, it, successful mainframe-SOA support technologies also need to address anxiety and uncertainty that many mainframe professionals have toward SOA. "There is also an emotional component to all of this," Re told IDN. "Without a way to make all managers involved comfortable about tying together mainframe [assets] with new applications, a lot of these projects simply won't be done."

Key CA Upgrades Also Boost IT Confidence and Empowerment
So, this confidence-building philosophy infuses the latest CA upgrades.

"These upgrades are a lot about letting people feel confident as they deploy new-generations apps, including tying mainframe with SOA, that they aren't going to be dangling there to resolve issues that might pop up all on their own."

To that important goal of instilling confidence for mainframe-SOA projects, here are some CA upgrades worth highlighting:

  • Graphical performance "dashboards"that enable users to easily manage diverse mainframe systems, subsystems, databases, networks, and middleware from a single point-of-control, personalize data displays for individual manager's needs, and set customized alert thresholds.
  • Integrated access to other CA performance data including from CA Vantage Storage Resource Manager, CA 1 Tape Management, CA ASTEX Performance, and CA PDSMAN PDS Library Management.
  • Intuitive reporting tools that let users quickly produce customized reports that can be easily exported to Excel, PDF, XML, text file, email, or HTML formats.
  • Compliance-focused auditing that allows commands entered by all users to be recorded and reviewed as required to manage IT compliance requirements.
  • Simplified deployment and maintenance that enables faster adoption of new releases by maintaining settings and thresholds. The new release also simplifies the transition to new releases of CICS by eliminating the need to recycle CICS regions.
  • Advanced centralized management through the added support of IMS Type 2 commands that enables users to centrally issue IMS commands and query responses across multiple systems. Organizations can view and manage systems alerts from CA SYSVIEW on the CA NetMaster console.

  • These CA upgrades also integrate with CA Service Desk, CA NSM and CA OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation, CA said.




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