CA shows wisdom in Web services

The time for Web services is now for Computer Associates International Inc. The company released five new Unicenter and eTrust solutions for Web services at the recently concluded CA World conference in Las Vegas.

“We see people moving from kicking the tires to rapidly deploying Web

services today and especially in the financial sector,” said Don LeClair, divisional vice-president and chief technology strategist for CA.

According to IDC research, more than 80 per cent of organizations in North America plan to adopt Web services in some capacity over the next few years. Most organizations will experiment with varying levels of project complexity, at first geared primarily toward integration.

At the heart of this solution rollout is Unicenter Web Services Distributed Management or WSDM (pronounced wisdom). This solution monitors Web services across the enterprise helping companies to closely track performance and respond quickly to service interruptions.

“It can get information on performance and can analyze all Web services. Once it is analyzed it can take corrective action through Unicenter or through a human being,” said Dmitri Tcherevik, vice-president and director Web services for CA.

Nick Gall, senior vice-president and principal analyst for Meta Group said the WSDM is not a “rip and replace” solution.

“This is what is needed to close the gap,” he said.

WSDM has the interoperability to work across what companies currently have today and what they might have in the future. He also said that CA’s Web services solutions have what he called federation, which means it can work across boundless technologies for management and security.

“Today’s Web services are too simply and needs service oriented business architecture. It will turn client/server inside out and impact the entire software market,” Gall said.

LeClair said that besides WSDM, CA released two solutions for Unicenter management for WebSphere 3.5 and WebLogic 3.5 as well as Unicenter management for .Net framework and eTrust Directory 4.1

He added that WSDM and all of CA’s new Web services products will add value to partner built management and security solutions. Part of the strategy with Web services, he said, is to have tighter integration with third-party management applications as well as leveraging existing IT resources and reducing operational cost with on-demand computing.

“We have to work with partners to help our customers transition into Web services,” he said.

Pricing for CA’s new Web services line up have not been formulated yet. However, LeClair said it would be tiered and under the company’s FlexSelect licensing program.

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