Relicore Rolls Out New Version Of Configuration-Management Platform

Clarity version 4.0 can scale to 1,500 servers and has expanded integration capabilities.

Darrell Dunn, Contributor

December 6, 2004

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Relicore Inc. on Monday introduced version 4.0 of its Clarity configuration-management platform, which significantly increases its scalability and integration capabilities.

Clarity version 4.0 includes a global mapping feature that enables users to automatically discover, map, and view applications, servers, and related dependencies across thousands of servers in single or geographically dispersed locations, says Blair Wheeler, a co-founder and VP of marketing.

In the past, Clarity was limited to scaling to accommodate about 500 servers within a single domain, but version 4.0 can scale to 1,500 servers and can combine as many as 10 domains for a total support of 15,000 or more servers, Wheeler says.

Clarity 4.0 also includes enhanced integration with third-party enterprise-management systems, such as those from BMC, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM, providing real-time insight into changes to the application infrastructure with event notifications and alerts presented within the context of business services, Wheeler says.

"We're an emerging company, just like this market," Wheeler says. "With this release, the ability to scale and integrate into a typical globally deployed event-management framework allows our customer to take this to a completely new level as they roll out across the enterprise."

Steve Goulas, VP of configuration management for financial-services firm J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., says he began using Clarity about 18 months and has been testing version 4.0. "It's a great product, and we really couldn't find anything else on the market like it," Goulas says.

J.P. Morgan Chase uses a hosted server environment from IBM and IBM's Tivoli product line. Although the company was generally satisfied with its experience with IBM, it was finding it difficult to get full insight throughout the enterprise when updates were added to servers or other production issues occurred, Goulas says. "We wanted some eyes into the servers, and IBM and others we talked to really didn't have the product that would provide it," he says.

Before installing Clarity, when J.P. Morgan Chase had an enterprise production problem, it would often take five IT workers hours to debug and find solutions, he says. With Clarity, problems can be resolved in minutes.

Clarity 4.0 is available now, with entry-level deployments starting at about $200.000.

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