CA updates Unicenter offerings

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CA updates Unicenter offerings

Computer Associates has announced the general availability of three Unicenter performance management products for mainframe data management.

The new products are designed to streamline monitoring and management of datacentres and to appeal to datacentre employees who grew up working in a PC environment.

"Many of today's IT managers grew up with PCs and the internet," said David Hodgson, a senior vice-president at CA. "So these products are the first of a series we're bringing out to appeal to those IT managers."

The enhanced software includes the Unicenter NetMaster r11 suite, Unicenter CA-OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation r11, and Unicenter CA-Sysview Realtime Performance Management r11.

Hodgson said the products would streamline the monitoring and management of today’s mainframe environments. "In a 24-hour global transaction environment, revenue and business performance have become more dependent than ever on the flawless operation of every datacentre process. The enhanced integration of our Unicenter mainframe management solutions will significantly help our customers achieve ever higher standards for performance, availability, administration and ease of use."

Unicenter NetMaster r11 is a management suite for mainframe-connected TCP/IP and SNA networks. It provides web browser access to real-time and historical information. The new version provides autonomic capabilities to discover abnormalities out of the box as well as Rexx support for NetMaster commands and functions.

Unicenter CA-OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation r11 is an automated systems operation solution for z/OS environments. The new version provides enhanced support for Unix system services and enables cross-console event management.

Unicenter CA-Sysview Realtime Performance Management r11 enables mainframe programmers to determine the cause of degraded z/OS performance by reviewing short-term historical event data. The new version provides an at-a-glance assessment of the overall health of the datacentre, supports IMS 9.1, and provides improved WebSphere MQ management and monitoring. Integration with Unicenter CA-OPS/MVS creates a single point for system managers to view and resolve mainframe network and system events and workflows.

Hodgson also said CA would begin to add support for the Rexx programming environment with the new products and that support would be spread throughout the Unicenter product line. "It will really help our customers who have a lot of Rexx-experienced staff because they can now use those staff on our products as well."  

The CA solutions, which work together but can be licensed separately, are available under CA’s FlexSelect Licensing programme and its new Measured Workload Pricing option. Measured Workload Pricing bases licence costs on measured system usage.

Bob Francis writes for InfoWorld


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