Opsware readies application mapping tool

Opsware, a provider of automation software, will offer a new application discovery and mapping product next month that could help organizations better manage complex information technology infrastructures.

The Opsware Visual Application Manager (VAM) gives IT managers a complete picture of all servers, software and network elements, company officials said.

VAM goes beyond the capabilities of other application discovery and mapping products because it combines interactive application dependency maps with change automation for applications, network devices, servers and software, said John Menkart, Opsware’s director of federal sales.

Application dependency mapping can be expensive, Menkart said. Most products in this category only perform discovery functions and draw pictures of the IT infrastructure, he added. “Customers are interested in pictures, but they [also] want to make changes.”

After IT employees have an interactive view of their networked systems and applications, they can better understand the state of their IT environment and identify the potential impact of changes at the infrastructure and application levels, Opsware officials said. VAM enables them to identify potential change conflicts and execute actions such as reconfigurations, patching, audits, policy remediation and other change management functions.

VAM is a component of Opsware System 6, the latest version of its network and server automation software, which the company introduced in June.

VAM is a powerful tool because it is an integrated product set in which Opsware’s network and server automation software feeds information into the application discovery product, said Bill Schell, president of August Schell, a systems integrator that works with the Defense Department on public-key infrastructure technology issues. He said the company also has clients at U.S. intelligence agencies using Opsware automation tools who want Version 6 so they can get VAM.

“I wish I [had] had a tool like this a couple of years ago at the DOD,” Schell said. He described a situation in which he thought there was a problem with an application, but after doing a lot of digging, he discovered network latency was the issue.

For instance, he said, an IT administrator using VAM in concert with network and server automation could quickly determine that an application listed on a certain network port is running on a system configured at a low speed.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group