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CA Emphasizes Holistic Enterprise IT Management

CA is refocusing its widely varied selection of enterprise software around a new theme: enterprise IT management, including managing the virtualized environment.

Long known for its CA-Unicenter systems management software and other products, CA is now focused on enabling customers to "govern, manage, and secure their IT environments," said Roger Pilc, senor VP and general manager of the data center automation and infrastructure management business unit. In support of enterprise IT management, CA launched three new products and enhanced five existing ones on Monday.

"Five of these eight solutions are targeted at managing the enterprise's risk posture," said Pilc.

Of the new products, two of them, CA Software Compliance Manager and CA Security Compliance Manager, are aimed at ensuring compliance with security and software management mandates. Both were developed in-house by CA, a departure from its frequent acquisition strategy of previous years.

Software Compliance Manager is designed to keep IT organizations in step with their software license requirements and manage the risk of ineffective software license implementation. Licenses are often adhered to through manual processes and on an individual judgment basis. "You don't want someone running an audit and realize you've exceeded your Microsoft license allowance by 20%," requiring a firm to pay an unexpected extra amount to its supplier to stay in compliance, said Pilc in an interview.

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