Cisco Systems, CA Technologies: Countering HP Data Centers?
Here’s a new twist on the Cisco Systems vs. Hewlett-Packard showdown — which involves servers, storage and networks converging in the data center. As you likely know, Hewlett-Packard offers OpenView and other enterprise-class tools for all sorts of systems management. Cisco Systems’ response: A closer working relationship with CA Technologies (formerly CA Inc.), the systems management specialist that competes with HP OpenView. Here’s a look at the effort.
Details about the expanded CA-Cisco relationship surfaced at this week’s CAWorld in Las Vegas. The idea is to connect the dots between CA’s new Service Assurance and Service Automation efforts and the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Here’s a quick and dirty rundown of what CA services are integrated with Cisco’s Unified Computing System:
- CA Spectrum Automation Manager: A policy-based server provisioning and automation tool
- CA eHealth Performance Manager: A performance management solution that monitors device health across an organization’s infrastructure
- CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager: A management solution for fault isolation and root cause analysis, and network configuration management. Also, CA has integrated operating system provisioning on top of Cisco Unified Computing System service profiles natively within the CA Spectrum Automation Manager interface
- The CA Service Assurance tools: Discover Cisco UCS server and network topology and gather performance and status statistics for reporting and analysis
The VAR Guy suspects Cisco will continue to pursue additional systems management relationships, especially as Cisco attempts to upend HP in the data center.
As you may recall, Cisco ended a channel partner relationship with HP in early 2010 because of growing competition between the two companies.