Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) today announced the general availability of Unicenter Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM), the first complete solution for monitoring and managing Web services across and beyond the enterprise.

Unicenter WSDM is the latest addition to CA’s portfolio of end-to-end management solutions that help customers build enterprise-class reliability and security into their Web services applications and supporting infrastructure. By automatically discovering, testing and monitoring Web services, Unicenter WSDM enables IT organizations to closely track a full range of performance indicators and rapidly respond to service interruptions.

Web services are emerging as key business enablers for efficiency of business processes within the enterprise, and to facilitate commerce beyond the enterprise. Effective management of Web services is therefore essential for ensuring the reliability and performance of on-demand computing environments.

MapPoint, the technology behind Microsoft’s mapping and location services platforms and applications, plans to use Unicenter WSDM to provide visibility into 15 million daily transactions.

“Microsoft MapPoint views the ability to provide personalized support and care of its customers as essential in the competitive services business,” said Jeff Carson, group operations manager of the MapPoint Business Unit at Microsoft Corp. “With Unicenter WSDM, MapPoint is able to provide detailed, customer-specific help and analysis during customers’ development and production life-cycle phases.”

Managing J2EE and .NET Web services natively at the services network level, Unicenter WSDM:

*Optimizes performance of Web services through real-time monitoring of metrics such as response times, transaction volume and message size.

*Speeds deployment of management capabilities through automatic detection, discovery and cataloging of newly-deployed Web services in the enterprise.

*Improves application availability by ensuring that Web services are responsive and performing at appropriate service levels.

*Reduces costs and complexity of Web services by providing a central point-of-management with advanced reporting and predictive analysis capabilities.

*Increases enterprise responsiveness through non-intrusive monitoring and automatic detection of problems and service failures, real-time alerts and self-configuration capabilities.

“To effectively manage Web services in an on-demand environment, IT needs visibility into and control over individual Web services, the interdependencies between Web services, and the underlying infrastructure,” said Dmitri Tcherevik, vice president of Web services at CA. “With Unicenter WSDM, CA is helping our customers make a smooth transition to service-oriented enterprise architectures.”

CA’s end-to-end management solutions help customers build enterprise-class reliability and security into their new deployments, empowering dynamic allocation of infrastructure resources to Web services and other critical applications driven by changing business requirements.

Unicenter Management for WebSphere and Unicenter Management for WebLogic provide in-depth visibility and control over the performance of the underlying application infrastructure, including application servers, back-end messaging and database systems, application components, and Web transactions. CA’s eTrust Directory provides the first truly enterprise-ready UDDI implementation for large-scale Web services deployments.

CA is also utilizing Web services technologies to enhance product synergies and to facilitate tighter integration with third-party management applications (see related announcement). Unicenter WSDM runs on Windows 2000/XP, Linux and Solaris.

More information about Unicenter WSDM and CA’s other Web services management solutions is available at