CA readies Managing-on-Demand SDK

Computer Associates International Inc. is putting the finishing touches on a SDK designed to help customers get their arms around and implement the software giant’s on-demand management technology.

According to Yogesh Gupta, CTO at Islandia, N.Y.-based CA, the Managing-on-Demand SDK is “very close” to being released, with an announcement expected to arrive before the end of Q3.

Gupta said the SDK will fit nicely with CA’s fledgling IT infrastructure discovery and business process mapping technology, tentatively code-named “Sonar,” as well as third-party APIs to drive integration of on-demand capabilities across an enterprise.

Sonar was unveiled at the CA World user conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. The agentless technology watches traffic and various information sources, and keeps tabs on 1700 protocols to analyze and allocate infrastructure resources for optimum performance.

Gupta said parts of the Sonar technology will eventually end up in CA’s flagship systems management product Unicenter, in addition to other CA products.

CA president and CEO Sanjay Kumar said on-demand computing will “turn licensing on its ear,” ushering in a new era of pricing moving away from a less server-centric model toward utilization and measuring consumption.

“There are real issues that need to be addressed. The industry is talking about on-demand computing being critical, but [IT vendors] are not being sincere if they’re not talking about a new business model” to accompany the concept, noted Kumar.

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