One of the Sonar-based products, a tool called eTrust Network Forensics that can identify links between IT infrastructure devices from a security perspective, was quietly shipped last December but has yet to be announced formally. The other modules are due to become available this summer or in the autumn.
Sonar was designed to add increased automation capabilities to CA's security, storage, network and application performance management product lines and to help integrate functions within each of the four offerings.
SmartBPV, which is in limited beta testing, is designed to create and update graphical views of the servers, routers and other devices on corporate networks automatically, and show IT managers which business processes they support. For example, it could identify all the Microsoft Exchange servers on a network, as well as connected networking devices.
"Once this SmartBPV is matured, it will be a big, big deal," said Chris Poole, a senior analyst at Convergys, and president of the Florida CA Users Group. Poole said he wants systems management tools that can detect packets being sent across networks from specific applications or databases to help him spot and locate problems when they arise.
Poole said he envisions using SmartBPV to pinpoint a specific instance of an Oracle or SAP application encountering problems on a server running 10 different installations of the same application, for example.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld