CA CTO: the bottom layer is commoditised

CA World closes up in Las Vegas today with the firm having announced more acquisitions and product launches then perhaps even its top brass had expected and anticipated.

In breakout sessions with CA senior VP of corporate strategy Lonne Jaffe, it appears that the company is quite open about its financial balance sheet for planning strategic “middle sized software firm purchases”… a stratagem that has steered the firm towards two of this week’s announcements.

CA this week announced the acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies.

Layer 7 is known for its backend data and application integration technology that comes packaged with developer management tools, which encompass the areas of mobile optimization, cloud orchestration, and developer management.

CA’s Mike Denning has commented that, “[Developers need to program for the fact that] there are billions of API calls a day — and that number is going to increase with the proliferation of smart devices, ranging from vehicles, meters, TVs, and so on, as they start interacting over APIs. Without API security and management, thousands of business services are vulnerable to disruption.”

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CA also this week announced the acquisition of Nolio.

Operationalizing DevOps

The integration of Nolio’s technology stack means that CA Technologies is expanding its LISA application delivery suite solutions to address what it calls out as the most critical challenges today in “operationalizing” DevOps methodologies.

The firm’s application delivery GM Shridhar Mittal insists that developers today need automated application delivery processes and tools to cope with rapid Agile development and complex hybrid infrastructures.

“The goal is streamlined application releases, plus the ability to develop and test applications rapidly so that they can be moved into production automatically with higher quality. For developers, the Nolio technology in CA LISA promises to provide standardized execution of application releases, plus automation of application rollbacks for faster recovery and service continuity,” said Mittal.

The word from the CTO

In yet more breakout sessions, CA EMEA CTO Bjarne Rasmussen explained how CA is now positioning itself as a management and security focused software firm with a specific eye on facilitating certain parts of the application development process.

“The bottom layers are becoming commoditised,” said Rasmussen, by which he means areas such as network monitoring technologies and other streams of management software.

“So this means that the message to developers must be – how can I help my CIO deliver more value to the business. We acquired Nolio so that we could work better with developers at helping to advance application performance and overcoming bottlenecks where they existed. For many years, our focus with developers has been all about how to monitor the application and provide advice and direction on how to reconfigure and manage the app as necessary,” he said.

Rasmussen explains that his firm is now looking to capitalise upon the information learned in this process and feed it back to the developer during the application build process so that engineering itself can be improved.

CA’s Rasmussen advocates the following four-C’s principal going forward for better code:

Constraint-free development

Continuous delivery

Complete monitoring

Collaboration between developers and operations

According to a recent 451 Research report, Nolio is growing both its service-provider and enterprise customers, which “bodes well for its future” and for the release-automation and DevOps market.

CA Technologies is not Computer Associates, the company has progressed.