SOURCE: Cfengine

configuration management, change management, patch management, automated server management

November 10, 2010 09:26 ET

Cfengine Signs Shadow-Soft to Resell Nova 2.0 Configuration Management

Reseller Sees Unique Value in New Open Source-Based Datacenter Solution

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) - Cfengine (www.cfengine.com) a leading provider of versatile and lightweight datacenter management solutions, today announced a new partnership with Georgia-based reseller Shadow-Soft. The deal allows Shadow-Soft to resell Cfengine's Nova 2.0 solution, enabling their customers to efficiently automate the provisioning, configuration management, auditing, compliance and policy enforcement for Fortune 2000 server environments.  Additionally, Nova 2.0 will be on display in booth #210, LISA '10 conference, San Jose California, November 7th - 12th.

"There's huge value to providing an open source-based solution that is often overlooked in the marketplace: proprietary software vendors often pass along the entire cost of R&D to consumers -- this doesn't happen with the open source-based model," said James Chinn, Shadow-Soft's managing partner. "Cfengine's open source-based solution, Nova 2.0 is developed from global peer reviews and actual usage -- only the best ideas are skimmed off the top and implemented into product development. That's what differentiates Nova 2.0 from the competition and the huge value that makes us excited to work with Cfengine."

Cfengine's Nova 2.0 solution will help Shadow-Soft customers more effectively align business services with IT operations by helping guarantee datacenters remain in their desired working state. Nova 2.0 includes native support for Linux, UNIX, Macintosh and Windows platforms. The solution has a semantic Knowledge Map to provide an improved reporting style with new compliance troubleshooting and business value reports. Nova 2.0 also offers a single consistent cross-platform approach to software deployment and management. 

"With the launch of Nova 2.0, we've introduced a new star into the server automation marketplace," said Thomas Ryd, CEO, Cfengine. "The solution is specifically designed to help resellers penetrate the Fortune 2000 market and elegantly address their datacenter challenges -- traditional server configuration and compliance management as well as complex virtualized and cloud computing environments. Working together with Shadow-Soft, we are able to provide joint customers with new opportunities to fully align their IT infrastructure with business services."

For more information on Nova 2.0, view Cfengine's product presentation at: http://www.cfengine.com/pages/novapresentation

Companies looking for more information on Cfengine can visit www.cfengine.com

About Shadow-Soft
Shadow-Soft was founded in 2008 by IT professionals James Chinn and Erik Wallin. The company is dedicated to Open Source Software, Cloud Computing, and other market disruptive IT technologies. Shadow-Soft delivers real world enterprise solutions and consulting services by harnessing the power of Open Source, SOA and Cloud Computing to deliver proven business value for its customers. In addition to Cfengine, Shadow-Soft has built its business by working with such core technologies as JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Zimbra Collaboration Suite, EnterpriseDB, the Postgres database and Likewise Identity Management and Authentication. Their commitment to the Open Source Software movement is coupled with consulting services and hardware partners. To discuss upcoming projects or to receive additional information on Shadow-Soft, visit their website at www.shadow-soft.com or contact them at sales@shadow-soft.com or 770-546-0077.

About Cfengine
Originally conceived in 1993 at University of Oslo as a new method to conduct server automation, Cfengine's open source (community) solution was highly sought after and today -- is used by more than 100 countries in 5,000-plus companies and running more than 1 million machines. Cfengine's enterprise (commercial) version Nova, introduces knowledge management and discovery mechanism concepts, and is a dramatic leap forward for building, deploying, managing, and auditing the server life cycle management process. Customers include: AMD, Navy, Express Scripts, Intel, Yale University, Moody's, Bloomberg, CBS, DigitalGlobe, Bloomberg, AT&T, Orbitz, and Adobe. For more information, please visit, www.cfengine.com.

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