CA readies software development kit

Computer Associates International is putting the finishing touches to a softtware development kit designed to help customers...

Computer Associates International is putting the finishing touches to a softtware development kit designed to help customers implement the software giant’s on-demand management technology.

CA chief technology officer Yogesh Gupta said the Managing-on-Demand SDK is “very close” to being released, with an announcement expected to arrive before the end of the quarter.

Gupta said the SDK will fit nicely with CA’s fledgling IT infrastructure discovery and business process mapping technology, codenamed Sonar, as well as third-party APIs to drive integration of on-demand capabilities across an enterprise.

Sonar was unveiled at the CA World user conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. The agentless technology watches traffic and various information sources, and keeps tabs on 1,700 protocols to analyse and allocate infrastructure resources for optimum performance.

Gupta said parts of the Sonar technology will, eventually, end up in Unicenter, CA’s flagship systems management product, in addition to other CA products.

CA president and chief executive officer Sanjay Kumar said on-demand computing will “turn licensing on its ear", ushering in a new era of pricing moving away from a less server-centric model toward utilisation and measuring consumption.

“There are real issues that need to be addressed. The industry is talking about on-demand computing being critical, but [IT vendors] are not being sincere if they’re not talking about a new business model,” he added.

Brian Fonseca writes for Infoworld

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