nLayers Insight 3.0: Auto Discovery and Mapping Solution For Visibility into Complex IT Enterprises

Application discovery leader enhances federated CMDB to provide foundation for cross-discipline IT management; enhances scalability and integration capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 21, 2005 -- nLayers, a leader in real-time discovery and resource optimization, today announced the release of nLayers InSight 3.0. Featuring scalability enhancements and extended integration to leading systems management solutions such as IBM Tivoli and HP OpenView, the latest version of nLayers' agentless appliance is the only automated discovery solution that can create a "living," three-dimensional model of the largest, most complex n-tiered enterprise environments at a rate of more than 400 servers per minute.

nLayers InSight immediately gives IT managers a "big picture" view of the entire application infrastructure, and version 3.0 maintains this information in a federated configuration management database (CMDB) to help customers begin unifying management disciplines and operating more agile, service-oriented IT organizations.

Unlike other discovery technologies, nLayers InSight continuously tracks the entire application infrastructure to illustrate demand, usage and service levels over time so that customers can plan, manage and optimize IT resources. Enhancements to nLayers InSight 3.0 include:

  • A federated CMDB. Most IT organizations already maintain large quantities of configuration data, including hardware, network topology, and storage configuration information. To help customers leverage the systems tools and information they already have, nLayers InSight 3.0 feeds its application dependency, relationship, demand and usage data into an open, federated configuration repository.

nLayers InSight can access or integrate with a customer's existing system information repositories to support a complete, unified view of cross-discipline configuration information. Data in the nLayers CMDB is available for use with nLayers InSight 3.0, but can also be exported via XML to other management solutions such as service-level management technologies, capacity planning, and IT Governance solutions.

  • Systems management solution integration. nLayers InSight 3.0 includes plug-ins to many leading systems management solutions, such as IBM Tivoli and HP OpenView. Customers can merge nLayers' unique application dependency, demand and usage information with the hardware, network, and other systems data gathered by existing management tools for complete visibility into the IT environment. nLayers also offers an nLayers InSight Software Development Kit (SDK) for easy integration with a wide array of systems management solutions.

"nLayers InSight automatically maintains accurate, three-dimensional models of complex, n-tiered application infrastructures," said Rich Ptak, a partner at Ptak, Noel & Associates. "With this release, nLayers has focused on unlocking the business value of these models. Through integration with existing systems management solutions and support for an open, federated CMDB, nLayers InSight gives IT managers access to the complete and accurate information needed to make intelligent decisions about IT and service management."

  • Enterprise scalability. nLayers InSight 3.0 is optimized for the largest enterprise deployments. New switch-aggregation functionality enables a single nLayers InSight appliance to map and model a data center with tens of thousands of servers more rapidly than any other automated discovery solution, averaging a rate of more than 400 servers per minute. The scalability enhancements to version 3.0 make it possible for nLayers InSight to identify and track all elements of the largest application infrastructures and store this information in its federated CMDB.

"IT managers are under enormous pressure to automate their operations and start reining in the escalating cost of maintaining today's highly-complex IT systems," said Gili Raanan, founder and CEO of nLayers. "nLayers InSight cracks the code on application discovery with its elegant, non-invasive way of cutting through the complexity to get visibility into exactly how the 'IT engine' is running showing customers all the moving parts, connections, and fluid levels. Without this, it's impossible to performance tune, boost fuel efficiency or even replace parts."

About nLayers

nLayers' flagship product is nLayers InSight, an agentless appliance that automatically discovers and maps the relationships and dependencies between applications and infrastructure components to provide a "living" model of the IT environment. Visit for more information.

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