UPDATED 01:00 EDT / MARCH 13 2012


UC4 Adds Deeper Development Integration to Its Ops Automation Suite

UC4 Logo Earlier this year UC4 acquired the application release management software vendor Ventum, adding development management tools to its existing set of operations management tools. Now UC4 is releasing a new version of its ONE Automation suite with a new Web based interface and out of the box support for several version control systems and application servers (git is notably absent from the list of version control systems, however).

Here’s a list of what’s new, according to UC4:

  • New Web-based user interface supports drag-and-drop deployment process definition and enables users to manage release processes from a simple, integrated interface
  • Application and component modeling minimizes failures by identifying unmet dependencies
  • Test environment scheduling ensures required test and staging environments are available at the right time, preventing unnecessary project delays
  • Built-in Application Server support for deploying applications on IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic, JBoss and Microsoft IIS application servers accelerates implementations
  • Built-in integration support for Source Code Management tools, such as Concurrent Versions System (CVS), Apache Subversion (SVN) and Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), makes it easy to fully automate deployment in testing,
    staging and production
  • New unified roles and access control management capabilities enhance security and help ensure compliance with industry regulations
  • Support for deploying incremental application updates expedites the deployment process
  • New Application Management Database (AMDB) with API accessibility for integration with CMDB and other repositories

Like Serena Software, UC4 has been around since the 1980s and is now embracing the DevOps paradigm. It’s a big deal to see companies like IBM, Serena and UC4 embracing DevOps, but it’s worth remembering that this could just be these companies throwing spaghetti at the wall in an attempt find the next big bundle, rather than a product paradigm that they’re going to sustain. Much like yesterday’s Serena announcement, this news is best for existing UC4 customers interested in DevOps methodology.

It’s also the latest example of how Application Lifecycle Management is starting to expand into the true full lifecycle of an application by including operations. The logical next step is the integration of network monitoring and other monitoring tools into the stack.

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