CA outlines ILM road map

By Dave Simpson

At its annual CA World conference—which attracted about 10,000 customers and partners—in late May, Computer Associates presented its strategy for information life-cycle management (ILM) product delivery. To differentiate, or distance, itself from some of its more storage-centric competitors, CA executives emphasized the non-storage elements of ILM.

"Don't take a storage-centric view of ILM," said Anders Lofgren, vice president of BrightStor product management at CA. "The storage vendors' definitions of ILM are incomplete."

In addition to the storage-specific functions typically associated with ILM, Lofgren said that CA will focus on areas such as asset management, security, workflow management, compliance, and risk management (see figure).

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Lofgren outlined four levels, or phases, of ILM product delivery, which will eventually lead to integration of the company's storage management (BrightStor), operations management (Unicenter), and security management (eTrust) software products.

Level 2 in the ILM "maturity model" (the current level) involves CA's BrightStor SRM, SAN Manager, and ARCserve Backup software, as well as Unicenter Asset Management and Service Management software and eTrust products.

The only storage-oriented product announcement that CA made at the conference was the introduction of BrightStor Document Manager, which is based on the Plone open source document management engine.

Essentially, CA added features to the Plone code to create BrightStor Document Manager. The product is integrated with BrightStor Portal. Although Document Manager is shipping, Lofgren declined to provide specific pricing information, saying only that it will cost "tens of thousands of dollars" compared to some competing products that are priced above $100,000.

Lofgren also made a "statement of direction" regarding e-mail/message archiving and hierarchical storage management (HSM) products that will be included in the company's ILM road map, although he did not provide a time table for product delivery. (For HSM, CA currently partners with CaminoSoft.)

BrightStor Document Manager is part of Level 3 of CA's ILM maturity model, which will also eventually include integration with the forthcoming message archiving and HSM products.

In other open source news at CA World, the company announced that it is releasing its Ingres database into the open source community. CA also announced open source partnerships with JBoss and Zope, which provides an open source content management system.

This article was originally published on July 01, 2004