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New Agile Cloud Management Solutions From CA

When you are as large as CA Technologies, you typically announce a bunch of new products (as we covered this past July) and especially around its annual CA World conference that is being held in Vegas this week. Today CA announced two new identity and access management cloud security services IdentifyMinder and FedMinder; the Cloud 360 process for cloud management; and Cloud Commons Marketplace and Developer Studio for buying and selling cloud-based development projects. Let’s look at each one in more detail.

IdentityMinder as-a-Service provides user management, provisioning and user access requests for either on-premises or cloud apps. The FedMinder as-a-Service helps provide single sign-on across domains and federated identity management so that users can securely access the data and applications or cloud services outside their own domains. These are just two of other complementary services that are part of CA’s cloud services offerings.

The Cloud Commons ecosystem is a thriving community of more than 3,000 members. Think of it as an app store for the SaaS set. Current Marketplace cloud solutions include all kinds of SaaS, IaaS, and Paas submissions, and span hosted their own AppLogic-created apps but also Microsoft based appliances, cloud control panels, virtual desktop and mobile hosting, and other vertical industry applications. The Marketplace provides ISVs a new channel distribution opportunity and inbound marketing tool, while service providers can easily add to their service catalog, aggregate richer solutions and reach new customers with more robust offerings. And it isn’t just buying the apps, but being able to host it and provision it too.

Within the Cloud Commons Developer Studio, developers can use a free version of CA AppLogic software and reserve time in CA AppLogic test grids to build and test cloud solutions in an off-site cloud infrastructure grid. Normally, AppLogic starts at $100,000 and are based on per-CPU licenses.

Cloud360 has a free one-day workshop to get the lay of its landscape. It is normally sold as a three-month engagement at $180K. The base package includes a workshop as well as a Cloud Application Discovery and Portfolio Analysis Service, CA Clarity PPM On Demand, CA Oblicore Guarantee On Demand, CA Capacity Management and Reporting Suite, and CA Virtual Placement Manager. Services implementation run at $150K, for a total of $330K.

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