CA’s BTCS2.1: Where Do We GrOw From Here?
Jun14

CA’s BTCS2.1: Where Do We GrOw From Here?

At last week’s second annual Built to Change Summit CA Technologies updated analysts and journalists on where it and the markets it’s pursuing — primarily DevSecOps, with a heaping helping of mainframe — are, where they’re going, and how the software toolmaker will grab a bigger slice of the rapidly growing digital transformation (DT) pie, which is being largely driven by software, and more specifically, applications. While the money being lavished on DT and DevSecOps are staggering, CA’s ability to grow with this opportunity remains at best a work in progress, with relatively flat sales and forecasts. Based on the market data, CA should be in the DT/DevSecOps sweet spot, and poised for rapid and sustainable growth. According to a new report, IDC’s forecast for the global DevOps software market — in excess of $5.6 billion by 2021 — was way off. MarketsandMarkets predicts that CA’s future has a much bigger potential upside — $10.31 billion by 2023 — up from $3.42 billion in 2018. Even better for CA, the market growth will be powered ‘due to the increase in the adoption rate of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning among enterprises.’ So all that remains to be seen is if CA can continue to grow with the software-enabled, data-driven, digital transformation business phenomenon that will run on DevSecOps, while reducing, if not eliminating, the shackles of its legacy businesses and embraces software-as-a-service and more flexible pay-as-you-go consumption models. It faces many competitors — including IBM, Micro Focus (HPE), Puppet, Red Hat, Microsoft and Chef Software — and must continue to innovate at speed, and execute with precision and agility. That’s a lot to ask, but for a company that’s been around since 1976, probably not too much. Automation, AI and ML were front and center at BTCS 2, and while the company didn’t coin this phrase — “Software is eating the world but AI is eating software” — it was critical to the company’s future, said Ashok Reddy, Group GM, DevOps. He and other company execs, made it clear that artificial intelligence and machine learning were being aggressively pursured in a multitude of initiatives and products. Just prior to the summit, CA’s CTO and EVP Otto Berkes said there is “massive potential” to apply machine learning and machine intelligence. amd that the company has some “very pragmatic solutions” already in the market, and is doing a “lot of experimentation” on machine learning and machine intelligence. They figured prominently in last weeks product initiatives, as well as a number of its boundary-stretching initiatives, i.e. CA Accelerator, its internal fail-fast venture-capital program, and its Strategic Research intiative, under which a...

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HP’s Composable Infrastructure: Infrastructure As Code
Jun04

HP’s Composable Infrastructure: Infrastructure As Code

LAS VEGAS: There weren’t a flood of announcements at this year’s Discover, but HP and friends — including Chef Software, Docker, Puppet Labs, Ansible, and VMware — has unveiled the HP Composable Infrastructure API and Partner Program to support a new class of infrastructure that will be “composable”, built to fit the specific needs of an application or workload that will run on it. The company stated that with the new offering ISVs and developers can treat hardware infrastructure as code so that they can programmatically control infrastructure and build out new workflows. While terms like composable infrastructure, composable services and composable business have been kicking around for a few years, much like Converged Infrastructure, HP apparently feels that if the rest of the world is going to ignore a perfectly good buzzword, they’ll grab it.In addition, now they can get double-duty out of any CI swag, a cost-savings which no doubt fits into the company’s turnaround initiatives. In a blog introducing the new initiative, HP CTO Martin Fink wrote that organizations must transition from applications that fundamentally “run” the business, to applications that are designed to “be” the business, and HP believes this new class of infrastructure will be “Composable” They are built on ‘fluid pools of compute, storage and fast flexible fabric, disaggregated so they can be quickly composed, decomposed back into the pool and then re-composed in a software template to fit the specific needs of an application or workload that will run on it. Most importantly, this new class of infrastructure will be built to integrate with existing solutions and will not require a new architecture.’ The combination of the CI — not be confused with converged infrastructure — API and partner program will provide the initial automation and integration of orchestration tools with today’s infrastructure, he noted. In his keynote at HP Discover 2015, Fink said organizations need to compress time, and composable computing will help do so. He used two analogies to describe where we are, and where we need to go. A brick building is a solid construct, rigid in nature, and dependable. However, as we move to the API economy — and its companions mobility, Big Data and security — speed, agility and flexibility are the new imperatives. In that paradigm, the symphony is more appropriate. A symphony consists of notes, instruments, tempo and keys: change any one of them, and you have new music. “We cannot be concrete buildings any more.” Fink said HP thinks of composable infrastructure as infrastructure as code. He also said the company is launching a multi-year project, Synergy, to support CI. ‘Project Synergy is our incubator for accelerating the path...

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