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CA Ramps Up Linux Mainframe Developer Tools

CA Technologies (the company formerly known as Computer Associates) has announced a new version release of its CA VM: Manager Suite for Linux on IBM System z and a new capability for CA Solve Operations Automation.

Targeting Linux on the mainframe with this product, CA maintains that this is a fast-growing segment of the data management market. More specifically, CA is directing this product at enterprise Linux application developers looking to "optimize management of their Linux apps and resources" in mainframe and hybrid computing environments.

CA's product-family concept hinges on the construction of a portfolio of cross-enterprise Linux management software for System z and distributed systems that are suited to areas including security, workload automation, event automation and, last but not least, application development and data transport.

"Linux on System z and the z/VM virtualization technology comprise a growing percentage of the MIPS being shipped because they help IT do more with less, and extend the business value of mainframe technology across the enterprise," said Dayton Semerjian, general manager of mainframe at CA Technologies.

The new release of the CA VM: Manager suite includes enhancements intended to control costs, improve performance, increase developer productivity, and secure z/VM systems that support Linux on System z.

Suggesting that forward-thinking app development/data management shops are increasingly realizing that "Wintel scale-out" is only part of the answer to today's IT workloads, Quocirca analyst Clive Longbottom has said that Linux should be part of the mix, due to manageability and cost savings that can be made. "Clients want vendors that provide a full-suite of management and security products that help clients rapidly deliver secure Linux across their whole IT estate, including System z services," he said.

The company has 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.

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