CA Technologies has upgraded its principal mainframe management tool in a bid to simplify processes.

At the CA World conference in Las Vegas, the company announced a new version of its CA Mainframe Chorus system, to make it more graphically rich with an easier role-based approach – including two new roles for security/compliance and storage management – and offering better integration with DB2.

With the CA Cross Enterprise application performance management system, IT staff can trace transactions through distributed and mainframe environments, and across virtual, physical and cloud computing systems.

CA Technologies mainframe manager Dayton Semerjian said the company’s strategy was designed to address “the most pressing customer needs to reduce costs, sustain critical skills, and increase IT agility in the hybrid data centre and the cloud”.

At the event, the company made a demonstration of the new Chorus system, showing a more straightforward graphical interface and the ability for mainframe managers to drill down more simply into activities and processes.

Tim Grieser, a vice president at analyst house IDC, said that as companies move to a private or hybrid cloud-based strategy, “mainframes running mission-critical data, applications, and services need to move with them". The new systems would help “bridge the gap”, he said, “between cross-platform cloud computing and the security, speed and reliability of mainframe transaction processing and data access."

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