The long march towards the convergence of mainframe and distributed computing continues this week with an update to the application performance management suite from CA Technologies.
CA Technologies as of late has been aggressively positioning itself as the provider of a management framework that will make it easier for a single IT staff to manage both mainframe and distributed computing systems. As part of that effort, CA Technologies this week rolled out a new version of the CA Technologies Cross Enterprise Application Performance Management suite that is more tightly coupled with DB2 and IMS databases running on the z/OS mainframe. At the same time, CA Technologies is also making it easier to track specific network traffic moving between mainframe and distributed computing systems.
According to Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president for mainframes at CA Technologies, the rise of virtualization and cloud computing is providing IT organizations with the impetus to re-evaluate how IT systems are being managed across the enterprise. Right now, IT organizations are further along that path in terms of managing applications, but it's only a matter of time before we see a similar convergence across the management of the underlying systems in the forthcoming era of hybrid cloud computing, says Combs.
The real economic issue facing most large IT organizations these days is that they can no longer afford to have separate staffs on hand to manage mainframe and distributed computing systems. As a result, interest level in managing mainframe and distributed computing systems under a common management console is rising. It may be a while before all the elements required to make that convergence a reality become available, but vendors such as CA Technologies have made mainframe accessibility a strategic priority.
In the meantime, IT organizations are looking to transfer tribal systems knowledge across their organizations in recognition of an aging mainframe work force and because the cost of managing distributed systems in isolation is starting to spiral out of control.