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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Will Docker and VMware Compete?

Docker and VMware vSphere both allow the running of multiple applications on one physical server. However, the similarities end there. Docker is more likely to focus on meeting the emerging needs of the DevOps community than to go back and build all of the data center management pieces that make VMware the market-leading data center management platform. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Virtualization 2.0 Or Just Better Cloud-Based DevOps?
Feb12

Virtualization 2.0 Or Just Better Cloud-Based DevOps?

Even as virtualization captures a larger share of the IT budget (up to 60% of workloads are running in virtual machines), some are calling for the next generation to address the growth of more complex applications and the desire by enterprises to leverage the public cloud to save money. A relatively new SaaS vendor that was founded in 2011 and launched its first product in 2013, Ravello Systems is calling this evolution Virtualization 2.0. “There is increasing pressure to build better apps, faster… agile development… replica development and test environment,” said Ravello’s Navin Thadani, SVP, Products. “In an ideal world today enterprises would be simply be able to use the cloud for test and development.” Instead, developers face growing complexity, compatibility and automation challenges and a host of other issues. So Ravello has created a Software-as-a-Service, powered by what it calls the industry’s first Cloud Application Hypervisor, that enables developers, DevOps and IT to use the public cloud to develop and test their on-premise applications. Thandi said it is drag-and-drop service that can be up and running in the cloud in minutes. While the company, and its HVX offering are both new, its roots go back to the development of the KVM hypervisor, with the senior executives having spent time with Red Hat, and Cisco. On Wednesday it announced new plug-ins and RESTful APIs to provision entire multi-virtual machine environments, along with networking and storage, in the cloud. Ravello added a new Apache Maven plug-in, and programming language bindings for Ruby and Python, with support for Continuous Integration (CI) systems including Jenkins, Bamboo, and Teamcity. At the end of January it announced a partnership with Intrigo Systems to enable rapid prototyping and testing of SAP in the cloud. Ravello said its technology provides a way to save SAP blueprints and spin up these existing landscapes on AWS via self-service – resulting in the rapid prototyping of functionality, faster testing of upgrades and patches that will ultimately reduce costs and free up time for IT. Ravello also announced that it can provide an up to 2x increase in application performance on Amazon Web Services (AWS) using nested virtualization to consolidate virtual machine. It said nested virtualization technology, delivered through a hybrid cloud model that utilizes capacity on demand from private and public clouds without making any changes to the application, enterprises can take their development and test environments to the next level – from virtual to cloud. The Ravello hypervisor may be unique, but it faces its share of competitors in the test and development market, including Amazon Web Services, Eucalyptus and Skytap. Another company looking to rise above the...

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