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CA DEBUTS DATABASE MANAGEMENT FOR DB2 FOR Z/OS.

CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA), Islandia,N.Y., has debuted CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS, the latest version of its leading mainframe database management solution -- which helps customers utilize computing capacity more efficiently, solve database performance problems more quickly, and derive greater value from DB2 9 for z/OS.

The new version features enhancements for performance management, database administration, and backup and recovery -- including new options that give database administrators even greater control of their DB2 environments. CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS also leverages CA's Mainframe 2.0 technology, making it much easier to acquire and install.

"CA continues to deliver innovative solutions that enable customers to drive down the cost of mainframe platform ownership and exercise greater control over their business-critical DB2 environments," said Scott Jessee, vice president of database development for CA's Mainframe Business Unit. "This ability to optimize mainframe database environments has become particularly crucial as business demands escalate and IT resources remain highly constrained."

CA is offering standard implementation and conversion services with a rigorous methodology to help organizations deploy, integrate and configure CA Database Management r12 products for DB2 for z/OS.

Flexible Management, Faster Problem Resolution

With the flexibility provided by CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS, organizations can better address DB2 for z/OS database and application performance issues, streamline administration tasks, and maintain time- and resource-efficient backup and recovery processes. IT staffs can employ fully automated diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques, software-guided techniques, and/or powerful manual approaches as appropriate -- depending on the specific task, problem or skill sets at hand. This supports Lean IT by enabling staff resources to focus where they will have maximum positive impact on the business.

For example, a new feature in CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS, Real Time Object Selection, helps IT staff save time and avoid errors by dynamically identifying objects that need maintenance. CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS can then automatically build the actions required for that maintenance -- which can then either be executed immediately, deferred to reduce processing loads, or presented to administrators for review.

Additional enhancements help IT organizations:

-- Automate performance monitoring, analysis, and exchange of data across DB2 for z/OS, Oracle, SQL Server , Sybase and DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows -based databases -- where results can be displayed in CA Wily Application Performance Management. -- More easily assess the impact of SQL statements on subsystem performance -- Reduce the time required for backup processing by lowering the overhead associated with multitasking in copy jobs -- Relieve storage constraints by using 64-bit storage for collection of performance data

-- Reduce the data loading failures that can be caused by extent limitations through the use of a "sliding scale" sizing algorithm.

CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS uses the automated installation and maintenance functions of CA's Mainframe 2.0 technology, leveraging CA Mainframe Software Manager Services -- including the Product Acquisition Service, which helps simplify software retrieval, and the Software Installation Service, which utilizes an intuitive GUI and Installation Wizard for software implementation.

"Our mainframe team is under constant pressure to do more with less while meeting or exceeding service level agreements," said Manuel Gomez Burriel, DBA Manager at Confederacion Espanola de Cajas de Ahorros (CECA), an association of 45 Spanish savings banks. "By adding support for the latest DB2 functions and enhancements to its previous simplicity of installation and use, CA Database Management r12 increases our ability to tune our databases and applications and to recover dropped objects."

CA is offering customer education courses for CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS. To register, visit http://www.ca.com/us/education/content.aspx?cid=157828.

CA Database Management Solution r12 for IMS

CA also announced CA Database Management r12 for IMS, an integrated solution that greatly eases the management of IMS databases. This solution provides database administration, performance management, and backup and recovery capabilities for IMS Full Function, Fast Path, and High Availability Large Database (HALDB) structures.

Key enhancements to CA Database Management r12 for IMS include support for IMS 11, performance improvements to both the CA products and IMS itself, and increased data availability during backups.

"Demand for mainframe database capacity continues to grow worldwide as enterprise customers have to keep scaling up their core business-critical applications in as cost-effective a manner as they can," said Carl Olofson, vice president, database management and data integration software, IDC. "This continued growth is driving demand for mainframe database management tools that can help IT organizations control their ownership costs while ensuring the reliable delivery of database-driven services to end users."

About CA

CA (NASDAQ:CA), the world's leading independent IT management software company, helps customers optimize IT for better business results. CA's Enterprise IT Management solutions for mainframe and distributed computing enable Lean IT -- empowering organizations to more effectively govern, manage and secure their IT operations.

For more information, visit http://www.ca.com. 631-342-2391,
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