April 28, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 -- Terracotta, the leader in infrastructure software for enterprise Java scalability, and Hyperic Inc., the leader in open source Web infrastructure management systems, today announced a technology license agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Hyperic's SIGAR (System Information Gatherer and Reporter) has been incorporated into Terracotta 2.6, the latest version of the industry's proven open source Java clustering solution (see accompanying release). Hyperic's cross-platform SIGAR enables Terracotta to obtain key operating system and hardware information, important data points for monitoring and managing the health of application clusters.
"With the announcement of Terracotta 2.6 today, we are providing an unmatched cluster monitoring and visualization that provides an holistic view of the overall health and performance of application clusters," said Jeff Hartley, vice president of products at Terracotta. "Hyperic is complementary to the latest version of Terracotta, delivering to our customers flexible access to critical data for managing the Java-based applications that power their businesses."
With Hyperic, Terracotta provides application developers and managers system-level data, such as CPU utilization, disk use and network activity, that complement the statistics Terracotta can provide about activity within each Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as well as inter-JVM data communications facilitated by the Terracotta Server.
"High-performance Web applications are the life's blood of today's Web-based businesses, and companies like Terracotta make the development and deployment of these applications easier," said Jeff Santelices, vice president of business development at Hyperic. "We are pleased that Terracotta has chosen to OEM Hyperic's technology in its latest release. Technology leaders and innovators such as ISVs, SaaS providers and MSPs continue to validate Hyperic as the OEM technology of choice when adding a world-class management solution to their own offerings."
Terracotta lowers costs and simplifies Web application deployment by reducing development effort and easing the load on application servers and databases, making it an ideal solution for scaling critical applications. Offering the performance of local memory with the high availability of a database, Terracotta eliminates the unyielding performance and reliability tradeoffs that constrain many Java applications today.
Hyperic's SIGAR (System Information Gatherer and Reporter) is a cross-platform, cross-language tool for accessing operating system and hardware information. Hyperic's multi-platform approach enables its partners to incorporate management across the widest range of environments in the industry today, supporting Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and Mac OSX across a variety of versions and architectures. It's now a key component of the award-winning Hyperic HQ management platform to provide auto-inventory, monitoring, login tracking, control and remote diagnostics, as well as several other popular technologies powering today's Web such as MySQL, JBoss, Terracotta and more. For more information about Hyperic SIGAR, visit www.hyperic.com/products/sigar.html.
About Terracotta Inc.
Terracotta is infrastructure software that provides affordable and scalable high availability for Java applications. Companies use Terracotta to offload work from databases and application servers and to reduce their development efforts. Founded in 2003, Terracotta Inc. is a private firm headquartered in San Francisco. More information is available at www.terracottatech.com. Terracotta's open source community is available at www.terracotta.org.
About Hyperic Inc.
Hyperic provides open source Web infrastructure management software that reduces the workload for operations teams at the world's biggest Web companies, including CNET Networks, hi5 Networks, Rackspace's Mosso, and more. Its award-winning Hyperic HQ software auto-discovers and updates asset inventory and allows operations teams to perform cross-platform monitoring, diagnostics and control from a remote, Web-based console, helping them more quickly pinpoint, correct, and prevent problems at every major layer-including hardware, networks, virtualization and applications. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in San Francisco, Hyperic is a private company funded by Accel Partners and Benchmark Capital.
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