Tideway today announced the availability of Tideway Foundation 7.2. The latest version of Tideway’s automated discovery and application dependency mapping software aggregates critical hardware reference and software end-of-life data traditionally spread across multiple vendors and asset management systems. The new features give organizations a single platform from which to analyze power consumption statistics for business applications, view their carbon footprint, and ensure end-of-life, unsupported software is not being used in production applications.
Foundation 7.2 also delivers enhanced capabilities to track end-of-life dates to manage data center software through the entire lifecycle, from introduction to retirement, and reduce the support costs and business risks for aging software. It combines automatically discovered data about software versions in the environment with known end-of-life information from vendors to track software aging on an ongoing basis. Users can ensure standardization and compliance and avoid costly fees by having end-of-life, end-of-support and end-of-extended-support information easily accessible and mapped to precisely where the software exists in the data center.
Both the expanded hardware reference data and end-of-life tracking in Foundation 7.2 are powered by Tideway’s Knowledge Update Service (TKU), a continuously updated, community-directed library of configuration information that catalogs software and hardware assets and business applications running in data centers.
Additionally, Foundation 7.2 includes new dynamic discovery extensions that enhance the flexibility of the platform. Users can build custom extensions to Foundation independent of Tideway product release cycles to address their own unique IT environment. Foundation 7.2 ships with a pre-built extension for database discovery. This extension identifies the structures and data within any JDBC-supported database, understands dependencies on specific database tables, and dynamically references non-discoverable data held in database tables, such as physical locations or ownership.
Tideway Foundation 7.2 will be generally available in January, 2009.