The solution's new capabilities and integrations with other CA solutions further reduce the administrative overhead associated with disparate applications managing the same set of network assets and services.
ISLANDIA, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 7, 2008
CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) announced today a new version of CA Network Management, the only fully integrated solution for seamless network performance, service, fault and configuration management. The new version of CA Network Management includes significant enhancements to CA eHealth Network Performance Manager (NPM) and CA SPECTRUM Network Fault Manager (NFM) that enable organizations to improve the efficiency of managing their network and better support business services. The CA Network Management solution helps customers to dramatically improve service availability, achieve network service commitments and avoid network outages to increase mean time before failure (MTBF). The solution also helps to resolve network service problems quickly to decrease mean time to repair (MTTR) and maximize network asset utilization to reduce operational and capital expenditures. 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 through adaptability to changing business conditions, flexible support for innovation and growth and cost control. Supporting Quotes
"Like many IT organizations, we are faced with delivering increased SLAs and supporting new services in our network infrastructure with fewer people and dollars," said Mark Perlstein, president of IT Outsourcing, CIBER. "CA's integrated network fault, performance and configuration management solution reduces the time it takes to find and fix problems due to more granular, real-time analysis and reporting. We can proactively manage network service performance and utilization to avoid user-impacting degradations or outages. When problems do occur, we can quickly resolve them with the root cause analysis to focus on the origin of the problem. The level of insight the CA Network Management solution provides has allowed us to move from reactive firefighting to proactive, strategic IT management that maximizes our network availability." "Enterprises, service providers and government agencies are all being challenged with critical service performance requirements in the face of ever more complex infrastructures and more frequent change," said Dennis Drogseth, vice president, Enterprise Management Associates. "While best-of-breed-tools serve a purpose, IT organizations and network managers will be most successful when they can evolve beyond siloed toolsets toward more modular, cohesive and functionally integrated solution sets. By bringing enhanced support for CMDB systems, application performance, and network configuration management into the network management arena, CA is taking a significant step forward in this direction." "The CA Network Management solution is designed to help IT support the business with improved network and service availability at a lower cost," said Roger Pilc, corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA's Infrastructure Management and Data Center Automation business unit. "The solution's new capabilities and integrations with other CA solutions further reduce the administrative overhead associated with disparate applications managing the same set of network assets and services." CA eHealth Network Performance Manager r6.1
-- CA eHealth NPM r6.1 improves network service availability across IT infrastructure by proactively pinpointing service degradations to enable corrective action before users and business processes are affected. New enhancements to the solution include:
-- Live reporting and monitoring features, including historical and live trending on a single screen, analysis down to 30-second intervals, and a time-over-threshold (TOT) availability rule to reduce false positives during planned and transient conditions. These features move users further from reactive to proactive network management by alerting them of systemic performance issues before users and business processes are adversely affected. -- New traffic monitoring, application usage and reporting features, including an embedded NetFlow V9 collector, pre-defined reports, and custom report-building capabilities. These features allow customers to identify application traffic on the network and who is using those applications. The result is faster mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) network issues based on application usage, which reduces the business impact of poorly performing networks. CA SPECTRUM Network Fault Manager r9.0
-- CA SPECTRUM NFM r9.0 helps IT organizations avoid the risk and cost of unreliable network operations by providing best-in-class, integrated network service, fault and configuration management. The enhanced version includes several new network change and configuration management features that provide the ability to capture and store configurations, automate tasks, detect and audit changes, maintain policy compliance, and produce activity reports that enable faster MTTR and reduce business impact. Other enhancements to the solution include:
A new Network Configuration Manager Extension Toolkit allows customers to self-certify any network device for configuration management and new capabilities for integrated network configuration management.
-- A new module to integrate event information from a wider range of sources. This will help to enrich events and alarms with external data often located in multiple databases and to forward alarm information to multiple sources.
-- Both CA eHealth NPM r6.1 and CA SPECTRUM NFM r9.0 include several new, common features that provide continuous time-to-value:
-- CA eHealth NPM and CA SPECTRUM NFM are designed to support IPv6. This functionality is important to many government agencies, service providers and large enterprises. -- Continued investment in adding to and expanding the breadth of device certifications, which reduces the amount of time and money required to deploy new network devices by eliminating manual procedures. -- An enriched, consistent Web-based "OneClick" user interface that provides greater efficiencies for network administrators, managers and operators. New Integrations with CA Solutions
The CA Network Management solution helps customers to simplify network performance, fault and voice management and unify these disciplines with other CA management solutions for IT service availability management. Following are the newest integrations with CA's Application Performance Management; Change, Configuration and Release Management; and Database Management solutions:
CA SPECTRUM NFM and CA eHealth NPM: New synchronized network device discovery, synchronized naming, and single sign-on improves the efficiency of managing network devices;
CA SPECTRUM NFM and CA Wily Introscope: New capability for CA SPECTRUM NFM to discover Introscope agents, create models and receive alarms enables a tight integration between network service, fault and configuration management and application performance management;
CA SPECTRUM NFM and CA CMDB: New ability to export CA SPECTRUM NFM managed assets in a Configuration Item (CI) format compatible with CA CMDB improves the efficiency of maintaining a configuration repository;
CA SPECTRUM NFM, CA eHealth NPM and CA Insight Database Performance Monitor: Newly enhanced visibility into databases for faster resolution of network performance issues.
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. Additional Resources
CA Network Management Web Site CA Network Management Solution Brief CA eHealth Network Performance Manager Web Site CA eHealth Network Performance Manager Product Brief CA SPECTRUM Network Fault Manager Web Site CA SPECTRUM Network Fault Manager Product Brief Podcast: Is Network Service Impacting Your Users? Podcast: The Five Essential Ingredients for Effective Event Correlation and Root Cause Analysis Success Story: CIBER significantly improves customer service levels and reduces costs with CA software White Paper: The Changing Face of Network Management Analyst Research: An InComparison paper on Network and Voice Management Software by Bloor Research About CA
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