CA Debuts 5 Virtualization Management Apps

By Larry Barrett (Send Email)
Posted Jul 19, 2010

CA continued its full-court press in the virtualization management software sector this week with the release of five new applications for its CA Virtual portfolio -- including one, CA Virtual Privilege Manager, that governs access and privileges for any IT staffer accessing the hypervisor or service console. Five new virtualization applications are designed to simplify life for IT managers and ease the complexity of moving virtual data loads throughout the organization.

Establishing who has access to which virtual images and controls has become especially crucial as virtualization has evolved from cramming all the data and applications running on multiple physical servers onto virtual machines to more of a dynamic, virtualized data center and IT infrastructure.

"Enterprise customers want the same kind of control and visibility they've become accustomed to with physical servers in their virtual environments," Biren Gosai, marketing manager for CA's virtualization software unit, told "This is what we're giving them with these tools. They will help move their virtualization journey forward and help prevent 'virtual stall.'"

As Gosai explains it, virtual stall comes in many different forms. Some customers still fear the unknown and unwanted security complications they've long associated with moving the more complex, real-time and mission-critical applications and data pools to these virtual machines. Other times, it's budget issues. Once in a while, it's due to a lack of IT members familiar with the technology.

"But we're seeing this changing in big numbers," Gosai said. "Frankly, that's why CA and others are investing so many resources in this market."

CA Virtual Privilege Manager lets IT managers secure console access to the hypervisor and manage access to all of the virtual images running on the virtualization server as well as the service console. That includes privileged user password management for the virtual machines and service console, what CA describes as "fine-grained" administrative access controls to the hypervisor service console, and auditing and recording of how virtual data loads have been accessed.

Along with Virtual Privilege Manager, the Islandia, N.Y.-based company rolled out CA Virtual Assurance, CA Virtual Automation, CA Virtual Configuration and CA Virtual Assurance for Infrastructure Managers, all of which deliver increased control, visibility and flexibility in virtualized environments and across heterogeneous platforms including VMware (NYSE: VMW), IBM (NYSE: IBM) , Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Linux Xen.

Not surprisingly, managing and locking down an increasingly virtualized data center is potentially big business for the major names in enterprise software: Gartner predicts that through 2012, 60 percent of virtualized servers will be less secure than the physical server they replace, a prediction that CA and other software management vendors are using to champion their secure virtualization offerings.

"We differentiate ourselves because we're the only vendor to offer a thorough, agile and affordable solution that provides heterogeneous support," Gosai said. "We have out-of-the-box support to help get customers up in hours instead of days."

CA says Virtual Privilege Manager will debut with a price of $699 per CPU.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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