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In case you haven't heard by now, Micro Focus is currently offering a special program for existing Server Automation (SA) customers. For a limited time, existing SA customers can exchange their Server Automation licenses for Micro Focus' Data Center Automation (DCA) Premium edition licenses at no cost. That's right, you'll get a no cost, one-to-one license exchange of your existing SA licenses to our DCA Premium license!

With this current license exchange program, there has never been a better time for you to get your hands on DCA and discover the additional features and benefits that it provides over SA. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting a 4 part blog series discussing key areas where DCA delivers additional value beyond what Server Automation is capable of. This week I'll be discussing how DCA helps you patch smarter to reduce risks within your datacenter.

So what makes DCA's patching capabilities "smarter" than SA? Well, for starters, DCA provides a comprehensive view of the current risk state of your datacenter through its risk dashboard.

DCA's risk dashboardDCA's risk dashboard

 

DCA's risk dashboard combines scan data, vendor patch metadata, and information from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) including the Common Vulnerability Security Score (CVSS) to make it easier for you to filter out patch "noise". What do I mean by patch "noise"? By combining this information, DCA helps you quickly evaluate which patches are truly critical to reducing your overall risk exposure and which patches can be installed at a later time. In addition, the risk dashboard gives you key insights such as the number of resources affected by key risks, the resource types that are affected, the age of the vulnerability (older vulnerabilities are easier to exploit) as well as weekly trends so that you can monitor your patching progress.

While the risk dashboard helps you to assess and prioritize critical patches, DCA's Service-Level Objective (SLO) based scheduler makes it easy for you to setup automated scan and remediation actions, further streamlining your patching process.

DCA's scheduler combines SLO's and maintenance windows for hassle free scanning and remediationDCA's scheduler combines SLO's and maintenance windows for hassle free scanning and remediation

 

DCA's scheduler reduces the complexity, miscommunication, and manual handoffs that often accompany trying to coordinate scan and remediation actions on a group of resources. Within DCA, resource owners or operations personnel create resource groups (for example, a group of Linux servers) and then setup the maintenance window(s) for that group. On the patch side, when a new patch policy is created the owner will set the measurement SLO and remediation SLO for the patch policy. Measurement SLOs define how often a resource or resource group should be scanned, and remediation SLOs define the window in which the patch should be applied. Now comes the magic - once a patch policy is assigned to a resource group, DCA's scheduler automatically sets up the scan and/or remediation actions based on the SLOs from the patch policy and the maintenance window on the resource group! That's it - easy peasy!

With DCA's risk dashboard and SLO-based scan and remediation actions, you can continuously scan, report on, and remediate vulnerabilities within your datacenter. But that's not all - DCA also has some great integrations and extensibility features that allow you to use DCA functionality with your existing tools and within your custom infrastructure processes. Stay tuned to this blog series for more information on those features.

One more thing I'd like to mention - you may have heard that DCA won a second consecutive gold medal in Info-Tech's Software Reviews for 2020. Well not only did DCA win the gold, but it also was the leader in several categories based on real end user feedback - including patching automation and business value created. So if you don't feel like taking my word that DCA can deliver a ton of value to your organization, take a look at the full Info-Tech Quadrant report to see what actual users think about DCA.

 

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To learn more about DCA and the SA license exchange program we invite you to join us at Micro Focus Universe 2021. Universe is our premier customer and partner event, and this years focus is on Winning in a Digital Economy. Join us to learn more about the whole suite of Micro Focus products, listen to other customers discuss their experience with Micro Focus products, and step in to our virtual demo booths to take a deep dive into our products. Learn more about Universe 2021 and register for the regional agenda of your choice.

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And last but not least, taking advantage of this license exchange program is easy - just reach out to your Micro Focus representative or business partner, or email the DCA product management team at swpdl.dca-pm@microfocus.com.

Stay tuned next week for part 2 of this series, where we'll talk about how you can use DCA to setup continuous compliance management to help you always be audit ready! In the meantime, for more information on DCA please visit our partner portal pages.

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As 2021 gets underway, I wanted to let you know about some exciting events that we have going on!

First, the latest version of Data Center Automation (DCA) 2020.11 was released about a month ago. The latest edition is packed with high value features and capabilities such as agentless management of resources through Operation Orchestration's (OO's) Remote Action Service (RAS) technology. We've increased the number of resources that DCA can manage up to 30,000, and the latest version comes with the new DCA Collect Once Store Once (COSO) reporting, powered by the ITOM Reporting service. The new reporting features allow you to leverage Business Value Dashboards (BVDs) to report on historical as well as transactional data. If the BVDs don't quite suit your needs, DCA COSO reporting allows you to use the business intelligence tool of your choice to create the reports/dashboards that work best for you.

Sample compliance report built using a third-party BI toolSample compliance report built using a third-party BI tool

Along with great features like those mentioned, Micro Focus has a new customer appreciation program that gives existing Server Automation customers a no cost, 1 to 1 license exchange from any version of Server Automation to our DCA Premium edition. That's right - a no cost license exchange! There has never been a better time to explore the value that DCA can bring to your organization! To learn more about this exciting program please join us for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, February 4th. Click on the following link to register: No Cost License Exchange to DCA Premium via CAP. If you are currently using Server Automation and want to take advantage of this limited time program please contact your account rep or the Micro Focus DCA PM team to get started.

And finally, registrations for Micro Focus Virtual Universe 2021 are now open! Our premier customer and partner event of the year, Universe is your chance to learn more about all of the new and exciting tech that Micro Focus has to offer. Our theme for 2021 focuses on helping you win in a digital economy. Explore a wide variety of product tracks, ranging from the technical deep dive demo sessions to our customer advisory board meetings. You're sure to walk away having learned something new. Join us in the DCA sessions where we'll talk about the current Server Automation customer appreciation program as well as take a look at the DCA roadmap. We'll also have a demo session where we'll show you how DCA can help you patch smarter and setup continuous compliance management so you'll always be audit ready!

Visit the Micro Focus Universe 2021 website for more details and to register for the event - we hope to (virtually) see you there!

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Find out more about how DCA can help you by vising our partner portal pages.

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