CA has upgraded its workload automation suite and says the changes will help customers automate batch and other jobs across an enterprise network in an on-demand manner.
CA Workload Automation is a suite of products that helps customers automate existing workflows and perform jobs without redesigning processes. CA says this release goes beyond traditional job scheduling software, which is typically time- and date-dependent, to provide workload automation in an unscheduled environment.
In such an environment, batch and other server jobs can be run when capacity is free and resources are available.
“This release provides scheduled features but also provides real-time, event-driven capabilities to automate jobs and workloads in an on-demand manner,” says Jim Anderson, a director of product management at CA. “Workload automation provides customers the ability to orchestrate work, which includes jobs, business processes and manual tasks.”
The suite now includes CA Workload Control Centre, a portal application that comes with the distributed CA AutoSys 11 or mainframe-hosted CA-7 11, which provides a central management console from which to trigger and monitor enterprise jobs, CA says.
The addition of such a portal, industry watchers say, will enable IT managers to better track physical and virtual resources as well as manual and automated processes. The portal lets IT managers customise workflows and also includes executive-level dashboards and enterprise reporting capabilities.
“Workload Control Centre with the single interface works with both mainframe and distributed systems,” says Rich Ptak, principal and founder of research firm Ptak, Noel and Associates.
“[The suite] provides real-time management of virtualised resources and allows a smooth integration of manual activities into the automated pieces of the scheduling process.”
The suite — which provides tools to define jobs, configure software to start jobs automatically and monitor their progress and completion — includes applications that run in both mainframe and distributed environments, depending on customer need. The software includes server and distributed agent technology.
Also with this suite release, CA will introduce a new product for mid-size businesses. CA dSeries is a workload automation product for distributed environments.
Nearly all future growth in the job scheduling software market will come from the mid-market, CA’s Anderson says. The enterprise market for workload automation products may be 99% saturated, he says, partly because CA faces competition from equally established vendors such as BMC.