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.”

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