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CA Ships Web Services Management Tools

Computer Associates International Inc. on Monday shipped its first web services management products and announced more than a half-dozen related partnerships, marking a significant shift in a market dominated by small companies and startups.

Unicenter Web Services Distributed Management tracks application performance, notifying system administrators when predetermined levels are not met. The product monitors software interfaces built according to Web services standards.

Unicenter WSDM stems from CA's acquisition in the summer of Adjoin. Rival Hewlett-Packard Co. acquired earlier in the year web services management startup Talking Blocks. IBM, the third major vendor in the systems management space, has yet to release a product roadmap.

"IBM is still sort of struggling with getting the Tivoli (product) group in line with the overall software effort," Jason Bloomberg, analyst for market researcher ZapThink LLC, said. "(But) they are definitely talking about web services management."

Although the three big vendors are following startups Actional, AmberPoint, Confluent and others, in the web services management space, the market is still young. Therefore, there's plenty of time for the major players to build more capabilities into their product lines.

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