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CA Joins Working Group To Create Specification For Federating And Accessing It Information


Collaborates With BMC, Fujitsu, HP and IBM to Enable Configuration Management Databases to Draw Information from Multiple Sources

ISLANDIA, NY, April 20, 2006 — CA (NYSE: CA) today announced it has joined a working group that is creating a new interoperability specification that will ultimately enable customers to federate and access information from their complex, multi-vendor IT infrastructures. Other founding members include BMC Software, Fujitsu, HP and IBM.

“CMDBs have become one of central elements of enterprise IT management, so a standards-based approach to this critical functionality is necessary and valuable,” said Helge Scheil, chief architect, Business Service Optimization business unit at CA. “CA is pleased to collaborate with other industry leaders to advance the state-of-the-art around the use of CMDBs and to lower the cost of their adoption.”

As announced last week, the working group will develop an open, industry-wide specification for sharing information between Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs) and other data repositories. This specification will be submitted to an industry standards organization later this year. As a multi-vendor specification, it will provide companies with greater choice and flexibility in adding new hardware, applications, and middleware.

“IBM recognizes that open standards for IT management are important to customers and to the industry as a whole, and we welcome CA to this effort as a founding member,” said Ric Telford, vice president, IBM Tivoli software. “Standardizing a way for CMDBs to interoperate is a critical part of helping companies better understand and manage their complex IT environments.”

An industry standard for federating and accessing IT information will integrate communication between CMDBs, which hold all details related to the components of an IT infrastructure, including information about servers, storage devices, networks, middleware, applications and data. With a standard way for vendors and tools to share and access configuration data, organizations can use their CMDBs to create a more complete and accurate view of IT information spread out across multiple data sources. This makes it easier to keep track of changes to an IT environment, such as when the last time an application was updated or if there have been changes made to critical configuration information. It also helps organizations better understand the impact of changes they make to the IT environment.

“Customers tell us that the ability to deploy a truly federated, non-proprietary CMDB is very important to them,” said Tom Bishop, Chief Technology Officer, BMC Software. “Creating an interoperability specification and standard explicitly for the CMDB will help customers quickly realize the benefits of Business Service Management, an approach that analysts acknowledge to be the primary means for IT organizations to move toward the goal of running IT more like a business.”

“HP is pleased to see the momentum created by the announcement of this collaboration,” said Mark Potts, chief technologist, OpenView Business Unit, HP. “This further improves the prospects for standards-based management of IT services delivery.”

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