Computer Associates and Microsoft Work Together On Web-Based Enterprise Management

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 27, 1996 — Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) and Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement to produce a mission-critical infrastructure for managing enterprise applications, including those on the World Wide Web.
Today’s announcement combines Microsoft’s leadership in Internet and intranet technology with CA’s leadership in enterprise management. CA will use Microsoft® ActiveX Technologies and Microsoft Internet Explorer as the basis of Internet and intranet access to CA-Unicenter® TNG. The company will also use Microsoft clustering technology (code-named
“Wolfpack”
) to enhance its resilience as an enterprise solution.

CA and Microsoft will use the HyperMedia Management Schema (HMMS) and HyperMedia Management Protocol (HMMP) to ensure compatibility between CA-Unicenter TNG and future systems management products from Microsoft. HMMS and HMMP were proposed last month as part of an industrywide effort to define cross-platform Web-based enterprise management (WBEM).

The natural synergy between CA and Microsoft technology offers the architectural infrastructure that allows administrators to use a Web browser, as well as other desktop environments, to simplify management of disparate systems, networks, applications and databases through Web-based technologies.

“The close collaboration between CA and Microsoft confirms Windows® as a mission-critical enterprise computing platform,”
said Charles B. Wang, chairman and CEO of CA.
“This breakthrough in enterprise management not only includes the Internet, but also provides an open and extensible infrastructure for management of all computing resources.”

“We are excited by the opportunity that CA-Unicenter TNG offers to harness the power of the Windows NT® Server network operating system and Microsoft Internet Explorer to host and access enterprise management systems,”
said Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft.
“Furthermore, Microsoft and CA’s commitment to support the HMMS and HMMP standards will demonstrate how these emerging standards can be used to create integrated management solutions for the heterogeneous enterprise.”

Under today’s announcement, CA and Microsoft agree to do the following:

  • Adopt HMMS as a common schema for their respective management solutions. With the integration of HMMS as a subset of CA-Unicenter TNG, Microsoft will support the use of CA-Unicenter TNG as a superset enterprise management infrastructure for use with its own management products.

  • Integrate Microsoft Internet Explorer and CA-Unicenter TNG for flexible networkwide administration. CA will distribute Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.0 with the CA-Unicenter TNG Software Developers Kit for managing the enterprise from any desktop.

  • Integrate support for ActiveX Controls, Wolfpack clustering technology, the Component Object Model (COM) and the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) within CA-Unicenter TNG.

CA and Microsoft conducted a Management Design Review at Microsoft headquarters on July 24, 1996. Meeting with selected customers, hardware partners and independent software vendors, the two companies demonstrated CA-Unicenter TNG using Microsoft Internet Explorer and the HHMS to make management data accessible from any desktop. These cooperative efforts, based on new and existing industry standards, extend end-to-end enterprise management to virtually any entity throughout the corporate or public network.

Computer Associates International Inc. (NYSE: CA), with headquarters in Islandia, N.Y., is the world leader in mission-critical business software. The company develops, licenses and supports more than 500 integrated products that include enterprise computing and information management, application development, manufacturing and financial applications. CA has 9,000 people in 130 offices in 40 countries and had revenue of more than $3.5 billion in fiscal year 1996. CA can be reached by visiting (http://www.cai.com/) on the World Wide Web, sending e-mail to info@cai.com or calling (516) 342-5224.

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MSFT’) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Windows, ActiveX and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

CA-Unicenter and CA-Unicenter TNG are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Computer Associates International Inc.

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