Well, it took a little longer than we wanted, but we've come out with a great new release!
Congrats to the team for pulling this together. It was certainly a team effort. This release has a very interesting quality - we've provided serious innovation in terms of integrating with Legacy Systems and Cloud Computing all in one release! This also marks our 3rd release since the launch of Automation Center in September 2008. Let's review the highlights...
Dynamic Allocation of workload in elastic cloud and virtualized environments
This is our favourite new job scheduling feature in a long time! We hinted at this last July with our press release where we announced our plans for workload automation and enterprise job scheduling in cloud computing environments.
So how does this work? Well, it's pretty simple. Say, for instance, you're running an application where you're using lots of load balancing, say for instance, based on CPU utilization - and you are distributing your data for processing across a number of servers. If you know you're back is up against the wall in terms of CPU utilization, or meeting your SLA's, simply provision new images of servers in either a VM environment or in the cloud - and watch as these new images start up - perhaps for the first time - and presto! Automatically join work queues and start running workload. That easy. Oh yeah, the OpsWise EC2 image is also here.
Full re-run/restart for z/OS
We've been working for months with a mainframe customer craving new workload features and getting none. They are in the process of shifting off of CA-7 and onto OpsWise. Besides unparalleled ease of use, a more modern architecture, a tool that they can use to also automate their distributed environment - they're actually also getting BETTER MAINFRAME functionality than they were getting before. Including a better rerun/restart manager than what's provided by CA-11. Tired of your mainframe scheduler? We've got the answer.
To top it off, we've added lots and lots of small features, most requested by our users. We've bumped up our file monitoring with new built in variables, scheduling of reports to be delivered by email, and due to a number of Mac geeks on the team, full support for OSX - the first enterprise job scheduler with 100% support for OSX with both Server and Agents.
Time to relax is over - onwards to our Winter 2009 release - lots of API and integration work to be done. More on that later...