Computer Associates International Inc is to announce a new version of Unicenter that is supposed to be kinder and simpler, plus some of the integration of its systems management products that it has been promising, at its annual CA World user conference in Las Vegas.
Chief technology architect Mark Barrenechea termed the upgrades to Unicenter and the eTrust security product family as the single largest engineering project that the company has taken to date.
At CA World, the company will announce the first fruits of their integration strategy, using a management database (MDB) that will correlate processes such as desktop management, asset management, and service management. CA’s strategy is to provide three levels of integration, including at data, user interface, and process level.
CA’s database strategy parallels IBM’s moves to knit Tivoli functions more closely with its Change and Configuration Management database (CCMDB).
Additionally, CA will announce Unicenter 11, which will consolidate roughly two dozen point products into five major areas. Similarly, they will aggregate many of Brightstore’s storage management and eTrust’s security offerings as well.
In all, Barrenechea said CA would make three dozen product announcements, and update the roadmaps for recent acquisitions such as Niku, for governance, and Netegrity for identity management.