CA Technologies upgrades security and DevOps portfolios

CA Technologies today overhauled its core product lines, including its security, agility and mainframe portfolios.

Speaking at CA World 2016, chief product officer Ayman Sayed said: "We are very focused on making our products quicker time-to-value, making them easier to use and consume, adding capabilities such as 'try and buy', catering to new personas such as the emerging and more prominent role of the user versus the buyer."

He also emphasised that user experience is a key area for CA, as is supporting line-of-business users, saying: "As more and more technology shifts from IT to the line of business, we need to be there to help these new personas consume our products and solve their most important problems."

The majority of the announcements focused around the company's DevOps products. Its Application Performance Management tool has been made easier to use, with a redesigned interface and intelligent suggestions to guide inexperienced users through diagnosing performance issues.

Integrating the company's APM software has gotten easier with the introduction of a 'zero-touch configuration' agent. CA APM has also added improved analytics capabilities, courtesy of an integration with the company's recently-launched App Experience Analytics product.

To speed up releases, CA announced that it has purchased open source performance testing product BlazeMeter, which it has integrated with its APM tools.

Cloud is a key part of DevOps for many companies, and in order to support that, CA has announced that extensions for Docker, Nginx and RabbitMQ will be available on the CA APM Marketplace.

Likewise, CA APM will itself be available on the AWS Marketplace for cloud-based projects. In terms of SDN platforms, CA has added support for Cisco ACI and Nokia Nuage to its Virtual Network Assurance products.

Also announced were two new security products. First, a behavioural analytics tool for CA's Privileged Access Manager that uses machine learning to identify and mitigate suspicious activity. Secondly, the company launched a new turnkey Identity-as-a-Service solution - CA Identity Service - designed to provide a hybrid identity and access management product to companies looking to quickly and securely adopt new cloud tools.

CA has released a new version of its Agile Central product, focusing on simplifying adoption and deployment. It features new navigation and customisation tools, allowing users to craft their own experiences. "No longer do you have to choose between powerful and easy," Sayed said. "You can get both."

Finally, CA unveiled a series of new mainframe tools. The CA Mainframe Operations Intelligence suite is a new tool that utilises machine learning and advanced algorithms to foresee faults and problems before they have a tangible impact on performance, reducing downtime.

For companies migrating their mainframe software, CA has released the CA Conversion Service, a SaaS offering that automates software investment rationalising when migrating vendors. The new product promises to make the entire migration project easier and more painless for staff.

DevOps tools have come to the mainframe now too, including Release Automation Connector for z/OS for continuous delivery and an updated Endevor Software Change Manager.

CA's Workfload Automation product has also seen a new release, focusing on speeding up API creation and deployment time and increasing testing efficiency. New mainframe-based data security tools have been announced too, including CA Data Content Discovery and CA Compliance Event Manager, helping to safeguard regulated data.

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Adam Shepherd

Adam Shepherd has been a technology journalist since 2015, covering everything from cloud storage and security, to smartphones and servers. Over the course of his career, he’s seen the spread of 5G, the growing ubiquity of wireless devices, and the start of the connected revolution. He’s also been to more trade shows and technology conferences than he cares to count.

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