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CA WORLD - Focus to be on security, on-demand technologies

CA WORLD - Focus to be on security, on-demand technologies

As it tries to cope with the continuing lull in IT spending, Computer Associates is expected to make big pushes on security and on-demand computing technology at its annual user conference, in Las Vegas, next week

As it tries to cope with the continuing lull in IT spending, Computer Associates International Inc. is expected to make big pushes on security and on-demand computing technology at its annual user conference next week. Among the announcements expected at CA World 2003 in Las Vegas is the release of the company's eTrust Security Command Center software, a portal-based product that will let IT staffers centrally manage security applications from different vendors across a variety of systems. CA detailed its plans for the portal technology last September.

CA officials declined to comment about other product developments that will be discussed this week. But based on the agenda for CA World, the vendor will also promote its efforts around Linux adoption and further detail its strategies for supporting on-demand computing and Web services technology.

For example, CA likely will announce new automated provisioning capabilities designed to let IT managers more fully exploit the network and server assets they have in their data centers, sources said.

The company made its initial foray into on-demand computing in late April, when it unveiled a set of six new or upgraded software products that can be used to dynamically allocate computing resources to specific applications as business demands change.

Rich Ptak, an analyst at Ptak & Associates Inc. in Amherst, N.H., said on-demand technology should help corporate users get improved payback from their existing IT infrastructures. CA's offering is focused on companies' need to rapidly install new applications, he added.

Electronic Theatre Controls Inc., a Middleton, Wis.-based maker of theatrical lighting equipment, uses CA's Unicenter systems management software. Mike Eckert, an enterprise automation specialist at the company, said his CA World plans include looking at CA's eTrust Intrusion Detection software as a tool that could "help filter what Web sites users can go see."

In addition, Eckert said he's interested in examining products that can help beef up Electronic Theatre Controls' virus-protection capabilities and investigating how Unicenter integrates with the overall eTrust product line.

Mike Stevenson, enterprise administrator at the Peel Regional Police data center in Brampton, Ontario, also plans to attend CA World. But Stevenson said that he's less interested in learning about specific product capabilities than he is in hearing about CA's overall strategic direction. The police agency is also a Unicenter user. -- Computerworld (US)

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