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CA Technologies has announced a refresh of a chunk of its cloud-management software, in what it says is an effort designed to help customers manage the confusing and heterogeneous environment that confronts enterprises moving into the cloud.

Tagging the problem “cloud choice”, the company says cloud adopters find themselves challenged by the problems of mixing traditional IT, cloud systems, and hybrids of the two, with their cloud deployment further complicated by the choice between public and private clouds.

The solutions include CA Business Service Insight 8.0, Automation Suite for Clouds 1.0, Automation Suite for Datacentres 12.5, Virtual Placement Manager 1.0, AppLogic 3.0, and NetQoS Unified Communications Monitor 3.2.

Business Service Insight replaces Cloud Insight, acquired when CA bought Oblicore last year. The tool includes service design and discovery, service performance management, service level management, as well as help for users in researching alternative services and benchmarking their services against similar organisations.

The two automations suites – for “clouds” and data centers – are designed to address provisioning problems. Automation Suite for Clouds focuses on application deployment and workload management, and provides a single interface for controlling both private-cloud and public-cloud resources. The Automation Suite for Datacentres wraps up the company’s server automation, virtual automation, process automation, and configuration automation capabilities under one banner.

Virtual Placement Manager spans the virtual and physical worlds, helping users provision, scale, and deploy virtual machines to the optimal targets in a user’s data-center resources.

The refresh of AppLogic is, as CA Technologies puts it, designed to treat “the infrastructure and application as a single object” – in other words, to allow users to spin up new cloud applications without having to manage the relationship between the application and the infrastructure it runs on.

Finally, the NetQoS Unified Communications Monitor watches over the performance of UC environments.

According to CA Technologies, the idea of this battalion of new products is to address the multiplication of cloud services and options facing the CIO. That is, of course, assuming that the CIO can assimilate such a weight of new product releases all in one hit. ®

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