Breakthrough CA Data Center Automation Manager for Virtualized and Physical Environments Dramatically Improves Agility and Efficiency : CA Data Center Automation Manager Uniquely Combines a Rules-Based Policy Engine, Rich IT Performance and Configuration Data for More Powerful, Intelligent Automation Decisions

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Automation enables IT to reduce costs while improving service quality and agility.

CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) today launched CA Data Center Automation Manager r11.2, a new offering that increases the responsiveness, performance and cost-effectiveness of data centers by uniquely providing intelligent, dynamic, policy-driven provisioning and configuration management of physical and virtual resources. CA Data Center Automation Manager meets the increasing demands of business-driven IT organizations by improving the speed of service delivery, ensuring application configuration and availability, and optimizing virtualization and Green IT initiatives. CA's data center automation solutions enable customers to take a modular approach to automation based on their specific priorities and level of process maturity. CA has been providing a range of data center automation solutions for many years across distributed and mainframe environments. In April 2008, CA was named a "Leader" for data center automation solutions in The Forrester Wave™: Data Center Automation, Q2 2008.* This release is one of 10 new and enhanced Enterprise IT Management (EITM) and Governance solutions CA has announced today to help organizations address IT management issues intensified by today's challenging economy by better adapting to change, capitalizing on new opportunities and controlling costs. Supporting Quotes

"CA Data Center Automation Manager dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes to build, configure and knock down test environments. The time savings will enable us to do a much more thorough job of testing," said David Brattain, senior vice president of Systems, EITM and Production Support for Elavon. "In production, the solution's ability to dynamically bring up machines based upon performance and other criteria will be the Holy Grail of virtualization. That's a quantum leap from where we are today." "Data centers are increasingly complex and often operate statically – meaning they are unable to meet changing business demands. By implementing real-time infrastructure architectures, IT is empowered to provide agile, optimized services to the business while meeting changing business demands," said Donna Scott, vice president, Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, Inc. "Automation enables IT to reduce costs while improving service quality and agility." "In order for data center operations to be highly available, responsive and business driven, IT processes must be automated and aligned to the business services they support. This requires an integrated management portfolio that is agile and dynamic, capable of meeting the demands of the business in real-time," said Roger Pilc, corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA's Infrastructure Management and Data Center Automation business unit. "CA Data Center Automation Manager enables businesses to take an informed approach to automation – based on physical and virtual systems performance, application performance, service dependencies, and configuration awareness – and to respond in real time through optimized virtualization management and service provisioning. With CA's offering, data center owners can take a modular approach to data center automation, allowing the insight and automation best suited for their responsiveness, cost efficiency and business service availability priorities." CA Data Center Automation Manager Optimizes Virtualized and Physical Environments

CA Data Center Automation Manager uniquely combines a rules-based policy engine, rich IT performance and configuration data for intelligent automation of key IT processes: application and systems discovery, configuration change and detection management, server performance and utilization monitoring, server and application provisioning, virtual server provisioning management, and self-service resource scheduling. CA Data Center Automation Manager applies policy-based management and automation based on granular and detailed virtualized and physical performance and utilization information. The solution's ability to monitor performance and utilization across the entire data center and down to the individual server or VM ensures resources are optimized for business continuity and enables IT to make better informed decisions. CA Data Center Automation Manager discovers the dependencies between heterogeneous application and server infrastructure components for more informed data center consolidation, virtualization and automation decisions. CA Data Center Automation Manager excels at provisioning physical and virtual systems from a central console, automatically and dynamically balancing usage in real time based on policy, to meet business demand. It also integrates into platform management solutions, such as VMware® VirtualCenter. The CA Data Center Reservation Manager capability provides end-users the ability to quickly and securely reserve, configure and provision physical and virtual servers through an automated online self-service reservation and provisioning interface. Teams across the enterprise can leverage the tool to improve overall productivity and service quality. CA Data Center Automation Manager provides great breadth and depth of application and software configuration change and detection management. It leverages information obtained from discovery and mapping to monitor and identify changes and alert of any drift in configuration. The solution uses included blueprints for change detection of over 500 common operating system and application components, and provides relationship mapping to ensure standardization of systems that support business critical services. CA Data Center Automation Manager supports Green IT initiatives, enabling IT to make better informed decisions regarding server consolidation, power conservation and provisioning to reduce operating costs. CA Data Center Automation Manager makes this possible by identifying when servers are running at their lowest capacity and scheduling and automating the powering down/up of machines, based upon business policy, during peak and non-peak times. CA Data Center Automation Manager integrates with numerous CA solutions, including CA AutoSys Workload Automation, CA NSM, CA Service Desk, and CA Wily Introscope. CA World 2008

To learn more about how CA solutions help customers govern, manage and secure IT for greater business value, join the world's largest gathering of CA customers and partners at CA World 2008, November 16-20, 2008, at The Venetian Congress and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. * Forrester, Inc., "The Forrester Wave™: Data Center Automation, Q2 2008" by Evelyn Hubbert, April 2008.

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CA Data Center Automation Solutions Web Page CA Data Center Automation Solution Brief CA Data Center Automation Manager Web Page CA Data Center Automation Manager Product Brief CA Data Center Automation Blog Technology Brief: Virtualization and Automation Drive Dynamic Data Centers Analyst White Paper: Bringing Automation to the Data Center Press Release: CA to Deliver Integrated Virtualization Management Solutions through VMware Ready Management Program About CA

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