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IBM Snatches Startup For Mapping

IBM is acquiring privately held application mapping software startup Collation. Financial terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed.

Big Blue expects the buy to strengthen its IT service management portfolio by helping companies better manage their enterprise infrastructures. It will integrate Collation's flagship product, Confignia, with Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database.

Confignia 4.0 is application mapping software that provides IT infrastructure maps that include change history, run-time dependencies and deep configuration items. The information is automatically captured without the use of a client-side agent.

Confignia contains a new operations portal that enables users to analyze data and pose queries about the application structure. It also adds full Layer 2 application visualization.

"Without a solid understanding of how different pieces of the IT puzzle fit together, a single change can slow down or halt an entire system," said Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli Software, in a statement. "Collation software allows companies to visualize different change scenarios so they can analyze the implications before problems occur."