CA Southern Africa now provides the latest version of the established CA Workload Automation solution (11.3). This release offers a range of new features aimed at answering demand from customers who need to take cloud computing to the next level.
“While we all understand that dynamic provisioning of servers is the first part of a cloud solution, the step beyond that involves managing workloads for virtual machines (VMs) and handing off peak workloads to other servers or even third-party services,” says Andrea Lodolo, chief technology officer at CA Southern Africa.
“This is generally described as cloudbursting, and the new release of CA Workload Automation simplifies this process, making it both time and cost effective.”
Effective workload automation requires monitoring and managing workloads whether the cloud infrastructure is private, public or hybrid. When implemented, it can ensure that no VMs are standing idle and peak workloads that occur only infrequently are handed off to other services.
“It costs money if a company’s VMs are not well managed,” says Lodolo. “It also costs money if a network is built to handle peak loads that seldom happen. Outsourced services work out cheaper, but the problem is then managing the workloads. CA Workload Automation achieves this with a range of new features.”
The latest release supports new applications comprehensively with deeper integration, including enhanced support for Web services, J2EE, relational databases and other common components.
Dynamic workload placement makes it easy to move workloads from one area of the cloud infrastructure to another, including handing off from physical servers to VMs.
CA Workload Automation offers extensive self-service options so that users can schedule their workload needs within the framework of policies and governance, without having to depend on administrators to make the changes.
A prominent new feature is automation of processes involved in moving a workload from test and development environments to production. This policy-based automation can handle complex configurations and save days of work when bringing new workloads into the production environment.
CA Workload Automation 11.3 reinforces CA Technologies broad application management capabilities, which include configuration management, capacity management, discovery and dependency mapping, performance management and self-service and administrator provisioning.
“To get full value from a cloud solution, this kind of advanced and automated management is essential,” says Lodolo.
“With the new features of this latest release, customers can avoid burdensome costs while optimally matching dynamic applications and their workloads to increasingly dynamic and virtualised IT infrastructure in a ‘just-in-time’ manner.”