IT, New Media & Software

Thursday, 08 October 2009 10:40

Tideway launches Foundation™ 7.3 and reduces risk of data centre moves

{pp}Tideway, represented locally by Blue Turtle Technologies, recently announced the availability of Foundation™ 7.3 – the latest version of its award-winning automated software appliance. Foundation 7.3 discovers all of a business’ servers, software, dependencies and business applications, providing a single, automated view of application topology. It takes the cost and risk out of data centre migration, consolidation and software licence auditing projects.

Foundation 7.3 can now automatically group servers into likely business applications without manual intervention. This removes uncertainty from project planning processes and significantly decreases business risk, and reduces the auditing costs of a data centre move.

An industry first, Foundation 7.3 is also available for a three-month licence as a pre-packaged service, enabling companies to easily deploy it on a project basis. “A major challenge of a data centre move is determining which hosts support specific business services. Having this critical information will minimise business disruptions,” says Linda Moreira, program director of data centre moves at Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups. “Manual audits are one way to capture the information, but they take months to compile and are only partly accurate.

With Foundation 7.3, we will get an automatic snapshot of how our servers are grouped together within a matter of days. This information will be invaluable to a successful, timely move.” One of the largest gaps in application dependency mapping tools’ capabilities, according to Gartner, is that in many cases they don’t have the ability to discover and map automatically “home-grown” or custom-packaged applications. In other words, there’s no way to identify which applications depend on which infrastructure, or one another, without significant effort. This is important in a data centre move or consolidation projects, as a key part of the planning process is working out which groups of servers can be moved safely at once without causing accidental downtime.

Foundation 7.3 is the first tool to address that critical need by automatically identifying highly dependent groups of servers. By removing the guesswork, Foundation 7.3 helps to avoid any surprises on move day that may cause severe business disruption and downtime. Communication during a data centre move is critical, particularly for making sure everyone is on the same page and talking about the same infrastructure in the planning process, as well as during the move itself.

Tideway Foundation now generates server passports – PDF documents that contain all of the important details about each server in the data centre. These can be shared as discussion documents during the planning phase and physically attached to servers in the execution phase. By making Foundation 7.3 phase zero for data centre initiatives, businesses can perform migration and consolidation projects with confidence, ensuring they have an accurate audit and inventory assessment of their IT infrastructure.

The introduction of grouping features and server passports transform traditionally labour intensive, manual processes, into completely automated ones. According to Martyn Healy, Marketing Director, Blue Turtle Technologies, data moves can be difficult. “What is needed is an accurate inventory to ensure the integrity of the project planning, make sure that there are no service disruptions and that the project meets deadlines. Foundation 7.3 offers numerous resources for customers, assisting in the elimination of risk and providing a seamless data move.”

About Blue Turtle Technologies
Blue Turtle Technologies provides and supports best-in-class software solutions that optimise, enhance and leverage existing IT investment and assist in the cost-effective delivery of new technology. The company offers an extensive product range, sourced through its strategic partnerships with leading local and international software providers, augmented by best-practice implementation services.

Contact information:
Blue Turtle Technologies
Enquiries: Martyn Healy
Tel: 011 206 5600
Fax: 011 206 5606

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