Cassatt, BladeLogic Get it ‘Together’


Kissimmee, FLA. — Utility software specialist Cassatt and
datacenter automation vendor BladeLogic today said they will integrate
their software suites to connect how customers allocate resources on-demand
and manage software configurations.


The pact, announced at the Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations & Management
Summit here, is designed to help IT administrators double up on the capital
efficiency while minimizing operational costs within their datacenters.


The arrangement also symbolizes a key trend Gartner analysts see for the
future; that vendors with different focuses on the IT operations management
stack need to work together to avoid alienating customers.


BladeLogic’s Operations Manager software creates a catalog of live services
based on software configurations across physical and virtual servers and
applications. The services are then used by the software to automate
inventory, compliance, remediation, patch management and task provisioning.


The Cassatt Collage software gathers and allocates all physical and virtual
servers, application servers, network resources and BladeLogic configuration
catalogs on the fly, according to business policies.


By integrating BladeLogic’s Operations Manager software with Cassatt’s
Collage software, large enterprises can automate daily configuration change
and compliance tasks and provision hardware and software resources on
demand.


The companies said customers can discover, model, and configure software
stacks with Operations Manager. With Collage, customers can define
application service policies, and then order the software to automatically
allocate or retire hardware and software to maintain these policies using
BladeLogic-defined software stacks.


Once up and running together, BladeLogic can manage configuration changes to
the software, while the Cassatt software responds to capacity or fault
events in the datacenter.


“This unique combination provides IT organizations help in optimizing the
use of IT resources across the enterprise — improving service levels and
lowering costs without disruption to existing systems,” said Gamiel Gran,
vice president of channels and alliances for Cassatt, in a statement.


Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. But Cassatt has joined
BladeLogic’s Data Center Alliance Program, and the two partners will work
together to fulfill customer sales engagements.


The deal captures one of the key themes of the Gartner IT Ops event, which
is the notion that, though each vendor feels it needs to espouse their
specific IT governance flavor, each vendor will need to help each other out
to win customers over and survive.


Gartner analyst Tom Bittman said in his morning keynote that there is a
growing battle between vendors over control of customers’ datacenter
infrastructures.


“The competitive battle that is forming up is who is going to be in this
stack, and who is going to be that pane of glass and who is going to be in
control of mounting and accessing and governing other elements of the
stack,” Bittman told a packed ballroom here.

“This battle for infrastructure governance is going to be messy, but it’s
going to work itself out over time into a federal model. In other words, all
of these vendors will manage what they can manage well but they’re going to
have to rely more on others.”


Exhibit A: Cassatt and BladeLogic’s new deal.

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