BladeLogic, Smarts sign utility computing deal

SAN FRANCISCO (12/01/2003) - Smarts and BladeLogic Inc. on Monday announced that they have formed an alliance that will allow the two companies to deliver a line of self-healing systems management products to help datacenters establish a utility computing model.

The deal will better enable corporate users to meld Smarts' InCharge and BladeLogic's Operations Manager that make it possible for administrators to automatically provision, change, monitor, diagnose, and repair their application infrastructure.

With many corporate users putting a stronger emphasis on real-time infrastructure and seeking ways to automate the management of their more time-consuming and expensive applications, some analyst said the alliance is well timed.

"We think having these capabilities integrated can improve the availability of mission-critical applications by shortening time-to-resolve outages or performance degradation. This can result in a quick and cost-effective response to increasing business demands," said Ronni Colville, a senior analyst at Gartner Inc.

The deal calls for tighter product integration between the two companies' respective product lines, spokesmen for the two companies said.

Describing the core capabilities of InCharge, Smarts officials said the product has a common information model and intelligent event correlation engine that can show the specific interactions among a number of important network elements, applications, services, and the users they support. It is capable of recognizing the underlying service problems and then calculating their impact on a business.

For its part BladeLogic Operations Manager can take corrective action automatically across thousands of servers and their corresponding applications, according to whatever service-level agreements or configuration policies for compliance or security are in place. One benefit is that datacenters can easily provision new versions of servers and applications, or install patches, or shut down insecure services and ports, a company spokesman said.

"We have a very similar goal here, namely to strip out the complexity and high cost of managing application infrastructure through intelligence-driven datacenter automation," said Roger Pilc, chief operating officer at Smarts.

"We think these solutions can better leverage most of the available solutions in the market today that assure higher application uptime and rapid mean-time-to-repair," he said.

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