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Ascential opens D.C. office

Ascential Software Corp., a maker of enterprise integration products, has opened a federal sales office in Washington, D.C.

"If you're serious about penetrating the [government market], you absolutely must have an office here," said William Smith, director of Ascential Software's federal division. "It's a real challenge in terms of credibility [otherwise]. It's also a challenge to gain credibility with the systems integrators that are dotted around the Beltway."

The company has some federal clients already and opened the office in response to demand, he said.

"We spent a number of months instituting the office so that we would have more than just a storefront," Smith said.

CA unveils new wares

Computer Associates International Inc. last week unveiled new technology, code-named Sonar, to discover and manage business processes.

Sonar watches and analyzes traffic on networks, and can understand more than 1,700 protocols and information sources. The technology builds accurate maps and keeps them updated as resource allocations change.

The company also rolled out four products across its Unicenter, eTrust and BrightStor brands. BrightStor Process Automation Manager auto-matically allocates and manages storage resources across multiple platforms. ETrust Vulnerability Manager monitors systems and pinpoints vulnerabilities. Unicenter NSM Option for VMware Inc. software determines when additional resources are needed for virtual machines running on Intel Corp.-based Linux and Microsoft Corp. Windows platforms. Unicenter NSM Dynamic Reconfiguration Option manages VMware virtual machines as needed. n

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