By delivering value-added consulting and integration services based upon CA Technologies solutions for service automation and service level agreement (SLA) management, this alliance will allow both companies to help customers to drive efficiencies in their IT infrastructures and streamline architecture silos - whilst automating most of their IT management processes.
Furthermore, Bull and CA Technologies will continue their existing collaboration on contractual service level management - a critical challenge when migrating to Cloud services. Bull has a proven track record and years of expertise in the successful deployment of CA Business Service Insight, formerly known as Oblicore Guarantee.
After realizing immediate benefits from server consolidation and silo integration, many enterprises face new issues related to operational complexities, such as virtual sprawl, virtual stall, capacity optimization and increasing operational costs. The combination of CA Technologies solutions and Bull's integration services is essential to make virtualized architectures more flexible and introduce a new dynamic infrastructure within the enterprise in order to improve IT productivity and the way IT resources are used.
Bull Advisory Services provide customers with an infrastructure assessment and analysis to determine opportunities that may be addressed by the Cloud model. Following an assessment, Bull provides recommendations ranging from a set of services, to a new reference architecture, and an ROI model for the solution.
The implementation of this reference architecture may include CA Automation Suite for Data Centers, which features the following capabilities: process automation, orchestration, provisioning standardization, configuration management, charge-back/accounting management and resource management, as well as CA Business Service Insight for contractual service level management. Bull's professional services and expertise offer customers the support needed to integrate and leverage new solutions.
This deployment path helps customers to ensure a smooth and controlled transition to private Clouds by extending their data centre capacities, while fully leveraging existing infrastructures and bringing a full service catalogue to the business.
"CA Technologies is proud to work with Bull as we help customers improve their business agility by taking advantage of data centre consolidation and private Cloud architectures. With Bull's knowledge and expertise in the deployment of agile data centres, and our broad-ranging and robust technology, customers can focus energies on winning in the marketplace instead of how to best optimize their IT investment", stated Roger Pilc, general manager, Virtualization and Automation, CA Technologies.
"Many Bull customers have already started to streamline their IT infrastructure using virtualization technologies for Windows, Linux and AIX. To improve productivity, they must now deploy service repositories and automate processes on a larger scale", stated Philippe Miltin, Executive Vice President, Computing Solutions Business Line at Bull. "Our technical teams selected CA Technologies because it meets the exact management requirements of our largest customers for their critical, heterogeneous data centres."
As part of the alliance, CA Technologies will provide Bull with the technical, sales and marketing support needed to achieve successful implementation of the solutions. Accordingly, both R&D teams will work closely together and technical experts will take part in training, technical support, pre-sales and other common initiatives.