Earlier this week, GridApp Systems, Inc.
announced the availability of Clarity 4.0, the next generation of its database
automation software. The new version focuses on making automation around
databases as simple and easy as possible. Clarity 4.0s out-of-the-box
functionality provides automation capabilities for such tasks as patching,
provisioning, configuration and auditingall of those time-consuming, tedious
4.0s out-of-the-box automation, with its standardized database environments
with no scripting or packaging required, means users no longer have to write
scripts or maintain scripts. The software is natively aware of how to do all
of the different tasks, such as provisioning, patching and configuring. Matt Zito,
Chief Scientist at GridApp says, When you install our agent on the box, it
automatically discovers the fact that its part of a cluster, it identifies all
of the databases, and the associated resources that are running. Then when it
comes time to do the provisioning, patching and configuration management, the
software natively understands that setting a database up as part of a cluster
is different than setting it up on a regular machine.
software uses organization set standards to build models that incorporate
database configuration, patches, business logic, metadata and storage
configuration. The models leverage the same standards across platforms and
The new version sports several new features
designed to improve database management. Included among the new features are:
- native awareness of Veritas, Oracle RAC, and SQL Server cluster environments,
which allows database administrators to rapidly discover and bring database
servers under management.
administrator provides the ability to have a user whose only purpose is
to configure, load and set up the patches for the database but not have the
privileges to actually deploy the patches. Adversely, you can have other users
that deploy patches but cannot change anything or configure them.
delivery of agent updates provides one environment that will update all of
your agents whenever there is a change to the software.
provisioning jobs -
and restart provisioning jobs from arbitrary points in the process.
Full support for Solaris, clustered and
non-clustered environments alike, 64-bit Microsoft SQL Server support, and Veritas
and Windows clustering awareness is provided by the new version.
exciting new feature is the built-in server validation based on industry and
vendor best practices. A consistent complaint of users was that while the
software was great at doing the provisioning, and setting the database and
patches up, the problem was there was no way to know whether that cluster had
been set up correctly. The provisioning might fail because the server itself was
not set up correctly. By way of a solution, GridApp built a library of server
validation rules for many different environments that checks that everything
has been set up correctly before anything happens in the software. It then presents
the user with a list of things that havent been done correctly and automatically
tells them how to fix it.
GridApp Clarity 4.0 is
available immediately. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridapp.com/products/clarity.php.