SOURCE: Cendura Corporation

March 08, 2005 12:24 ET

Cendura Releases Services Dependency Visualization for Cohesion Suite

Agent-Less Discovery Rapidly Creates Inventory and Technology Relationship Maps of Services and Applications

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2005 -- Cendura, a leader in automated application configuration lifecycle management solutions for enterprises, (www.cendura.com), today announced that its Dependency Visualization module, which captures and maps the dependencies and inter-relationships between IT assets, is now available as a part of the Cohesion Suite. The new module provides IT organizations with comprehensive dependency and relationship visualization across complex, distributed, multi-tiered and custom-developed application infrastructures.

Cohesion automatically discovers hosts, software relationships and dependencies. Hosts are then organized into a tiered architecture presentation so IT managers can view and interact with comprehensive relationship maps between servers and software components. Examples of relationships that can be easily viewed from the maps include embedded configuration references across application components, application servers that are dependent on database servers, and hosts that are referenced by other hosts.

IT organizations can easily use Cohesion's agent-less discovery to find servers and applications or services including software components such as databases, application servers, Web servers and network devices such as load balancers. Visualizing dependencies enables IT organizations to quickly identify configured relationships, troubleshoot configuration errors, identify problems and conduct impact analysis.

Additionally, to actively manage the change and configuration of services or server software components, Cohesion automatically performs a deep configuration discovery that extracts embedded configurations and parameters from files, databases, repositories, meta-bases, registries and other vendor specific configuration sources. With a complete inventory of software that is installed on each server and details of how it's configured, IT staff can view the exact software configuration settings that form the dependency relationships and validate the configuration state. Cendura's agent-based application and configuration detail discovery and agent-less discovery together provide the most complete configuration data discovery on the market, and as a result, Cohesion's dependency maps are more detailed, accurate, and up-to-date than competitive products.

Cendura's Dependency Visualization module can also capture contextual information such as business attributes that are important in running IT as a business or delivering services to business units by aligning IT assets by lines of business, capturing IT owner, business owner, location, and related business processes. Business attributes can also be imported from other sources such as asset tracking databases, directories, asset management databases or virtually any other source. Additionally, information and attributes collected by Cohesion can be shared with other enterprise applications, federated configuration databases and service repositories to create governance and alignment views of the business and IT infrastructure.

"Any one change among tens of thousands of configurable elements can have unintended consequences that impact service-level delivery," said Rick McEachern, Chief Marketing Officer, Cendura. "The only way is to keep track of all configuration-related changes that ultimately affect a service's availability, performance and security, is to automate services configuration discovery and management. With Cohesion, IT organizations gain the most complete configuration inventory of their application along with the relationships and inter-dependencies between the varied software components. This level of visibility allows them to now control complex, heterogeneous environments from a central interface."

Fortune 500 organizations use Cohesion to inventory and audit application infrastructures; view host, server, and software interdependencies; automate configuration, change, and compliance management; intelligently configure dynamic IT environments; align business services and entities; accelerate problem isolation and resolution; enable data center migration and consolidation planning; and eliminate errors for more accurate new software releases.

All capabilities of the Cohesion Engine are accessible to other enterprise applications through standards-based and flexible APIs, allowing developers and systems integrators to create custom adapters to a variety of back-end systems such as IBM Tivoli, BMC Patrol, and HP OpenView.

Pricing for the Cohesion Suite Pricing is determined by each customer's infrastructure configuration, number of servers managed, and the expansion modules selected. To arrange a demo, call (866) 263-3911 or email sales@cendura.com.

ABOUT COHESION

Cohesion offers the broadest support of enterprise applications in the market with over 150 customizable Blueprints for configuration management covering 90% of the business application infrastructure as well as all relevant platforms, and delivering immediate value by automatically creating a configuration management database. With agent-based and agent-less application discovery, Cendura provides the most complete configuration data discovery on the market, offering a comprehensive view of the entire application infrastructure and detailed inventory of servers, software, versions, patches, applications hosted, configuration state and relationships. Advanced functionality includes a Change Detection Engine, Intelligent Rules Engine, and an Active Change Engine, which provide unmatched control of configurations and unique and intelligent methods to optimize the application configuration state.

ABOUT CENDURA

Cendura automates the process of business services configuration management. The most comprehensive and heterogeneous platform available to business for discovering, tracking and visualizing applications and dependencies, the Cohesion Suite is the foundation to simplify change management, correct application configuration drift, ensure audit and compliance, enable migration and consolidation planning, accelerate proactive forensics, intelligently configure services for dynamic IT environments, align business services, and improve business continuity. Cendura customers are members of the Fortune 500 and include VeriSign, Inc., Quintiles, Inc., Intuit, Inc., and Medtronic . A privately held company, Cendura is funded by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Crosslink Capital and NeoCarta. For more information about Cendura, call 866.263.3911 or visit www.cendura.com. Cendura, Cohesion and Blueprint Builder are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cendura Corporation.

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