SOURCE: Solidcore

July 16, 2007 07:00 ET

Solidcore Forms Sales and Marketing Partnership With Opsware

Opsware to Resell Solidcore's Real-Time Change Control Solution

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - Solidcore® Systems Inc., a leading provider of change control software for critical systems, today announced that it will integrate its S3 Control™ product with the Opsware System 6 solutions suite through Opsware's Technology Alliance Program. Opsware, the leading provider of data center automation software, has the option to resell the Solidcore offering with the Opsware System 6 solutions suite through its worldwide field sales and channel teams based on select customer needs. The combined offering will enable customers to further enforce Opsware as an authorized change agent, where only changes from Opsware are allowed, to provide lock-down for select systems that support mission-critical applications that require extreme change control policies.

IT organizations are challenged to improve system availability, streamline compliance and reduce IT costs by maximizing "in-process" change, controlling and documenting "emergency" change, and eliminating "ad hoc" system changes that occur entirely outside of process. The combined Opsware and Solidcore solution will:

--  Track all change to servers in real-time;
--  Capture and document critical change detail in real time including who
    is making changes, what is actually being changed, when change is
    occurring, and how the change was made;
--  Identify changes that make a system non-compliant;
--  Enable enforcement of change process policy by ensuring, at the system
    level, that only Opsware can make change to a server.
    

The joint Opsware and Solidcore offering will become the only solution available today to completely control all change to the server infrastructure, and enable IT organizations to eliminate change-related business risks and costs by allowing only authorized changes ever to take place. The offering will also ensure all change activity is captured, documented and correlated against appropriate authorization.

"Most organizations have not been able to lock down systems to the point in which they can assure that all changes have been made through approved methods," said Ronni Colville, research vice president for Gartner. "IT organizations need to be able to provide a robust configuration auditing mechanism that can address a variety of system and governance requirements to assure that appropriate changes are being made across their IT services."

"We are excited to be partnering with Solidcore to provide our joint customers with a comprehensive solution for delivering, tracking and controlling change throughout the IT infrastructure," said Sharmila Shahani, EVP of marketing at Opsware Inc. "Working with Solidcore will provide today's IT organizations with a centralized means to ensure only appropriate, approved changes are provisioned to the infrastructure, as expected."

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) senior analyst Andi Mann adds, "Combining the technology excellence of Solidcore and Opsware will provide customers with a greatly needed solution for distributing, tracking and controlling change in real time in today's IT environments. Opsware's ability to automatically implement authorized change, and Solidcore's ability to automatically prevent unauthorized change, combine to deliver a unique approach to trusted change management."

The Solidcore S3 Control product has been deployed at some of the world's largest organizations to increase the availability of IT services, enable the successful implementation of ITIL projects and reduce the cost of compliance initiatives. Solidcore's change control software is the industry's first and only solution to provide technology-based change policy enforcement to automatically ensure changes made to the infrastructure are in-line with the change policy. The product enables customers to gain real-time visibility into changes across the entire IT infrastructure, and reconcile changes with an existing change management system. Customers have also leveraged Solidcore to quickly and easily generate compliance reports for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) or Payment Card Industry (PCI) audits.

"Simply relying on a change management system or process does not ensure all change activity is documented and falls within the approved process, and more specifically does not typically account for dangerous emergency and ad hoc change events," said Rosen Sharma, president and CEO of Solidcore. "We look forward to working with Opsware to provide more customers with a proactive solution for enforcing change policy and maximizing the amount of in-process change throughout the enterprise. Maximizing in-process change, documenting emergency change and eliminating ad hoc change is the key to improving IT operations and reducing IT costs."

About the Opsware Technology Alliance Partner Program

The Opsware Inc. (NASDAQ: OPSW) Technology Alliance Partner program provides customers with the most extensive and comprehensive data center management solution available today. Opsware Technology Partners are comprised of best of breed, market-leading software and platform vendors who offer technology that complements a single Opsware product or the entire Opsware solution suite.

About Solidcore Systems

Solidcore is a leading provider of change control for critical systems. Solidcore's S3 Control software is the industry's first and only solution to automate the enforcement of change management policies. Solidcore automatically reconciles infrastructure changes against change tickets, and provides real-time change auditing so enterprises can measure the effectiveness of change management processes and policies. Customers trust Solidcore to improve service availability, implement ITIL initiatives, and lower costs related to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Solidcore also provides change control for embedded systems and is used by major device manufacturers to securely leverage open systems to meet their business requirements. Solidcore is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.solidcore.com.

Solidcore is a registered trademark of Solidcore Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Solidcore S3 Control is a trademark of Solidcore Systems, Inc. Opsware is a trademark and service mark of Opsware, Inc. All other product names, trademarks, and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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