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CA and Opalis Partner to Deliver IT Process Automation Solutions for the Virtualization Data Center

OEM Partnership to Enhance CA's Data Center Automation Solutions - Cost Reductions and Increase Service Speeds for Customers

CA and Opalis announced an OEM partnership that will enhance CA's Data Center Automation offerings with the IT process automation technology from Opalis. The joint technology solutions will further enable enterprises to drive down IT operational costs and increase productivity, while enforcing compliant best practices aimed at improving performance and availability of critical business services.

"CA continues to deliver on its promise to provide IT management for all facets of the data center," said Will Bauman, senior vice president of workload automation at CA. "Enhancing our Data Center Automation solutions with the Opalis IT process automation technology was a logical choice for CA. Combining our CA workload automation solution with the innovative and customer-proven Opalis technology will consolidate and streamline the process and workflows our customers must coordinate to deliver their production workloads."

Integrations already exist between Opalis' software and a number of CA's products. Under this partnership agreement CA will broaden the suite of IT process automation solutions that let customers design, build, and orchestrate workflows for managing complexity and improving service quality.

"We are pleased to have been selected by CA, one of the largest and most successful IT management software providers in the world, to extend their automation capabilities and help CA's global customers achieve greater IT efficiency and business agility. With more customers, partners, and experience than any other vendor in the market, this partnership further validates Opalis' position as the leader in IT process automation," said Todd DeLaughter, president and CEO for Opalis.

"We recently selected CA for our IT management solutions, and because we view process automation as strategic to our business, we are very pleased about their new relationship with Opalis. Our end-to-end automation approach will benefit from continued innovation that integrates well with our existing tools, thereby protecting our investments and helping us to deliver quality IT services to our business," said Mark Showers, CIO for Monsanto Corporation.

"Automating data center management across lifecycles has become vital for IT organizations seeking to deliver cost-efficiency, quality, and compliance in the most complex environments," said Andi Mann, research director for Enterprise Management Associates. "In research and client discussions, EMA consistently sees the exceptional value that CA and Opalis provide to their customers. These combined offerings will allow even more enterprises to realize the benefits of IT process automation."

Data Center Automation (DCA) solutions from CA enable IT to leverage business policies and best practices to implement intelligent, policy-driven automation for change, configuration and provisioning processes, as well as for automation of complex, high-volume workloads. These capabilities reduce complexity and risk while helping IT provide adaptive, dynamic and optimized services to the business. This allows customers to anticipate demand fluctuations and adjust the infrastructure before service is impacted. CA DCA solutions also help optimize utilization of physical and virtual assets, supporting "Green IT" initiatives and improving staff efficiency so that resources can focus on proactive management and strategic business objectives.

Opalis delivers solutions that enable IT process automation inside and outside the data center across heterogeneous IT ecosystems. Opalis employs a scalable 'enterprise services' architecture to automate processes and workflows for critical IT initiatives, such as virtualization, provisioning, ITIL compliant processes, disaster recovery, consolidation, and security. In addition to deep integration with CA, Opalis seamlessly integrates with other systems management tool vendors including EMC, Microsoft, IBM, VMware, BladeLogic, BMC Software, and HP Software, thereby providing an integration bridge that allows IT management to orchestrate intelligent automation throughout a data center regardless of the complexity and silos in their IT management infrastructure.

With Opalis, enterprises can realize the benefits of IT process automation, driving down IT operational costs and increasing productivity, while enforcing compliant best practices aimed at improving performance and availability of critical business applications.

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