New addition to Oracle Enterprise Manager
Oracle has said it wants to buy mValent, a VC-based company with a specialist line in software that can track system and configuration changes made across the enterprise application infrastructure.
mValent provides application configuration management software. Its Integrity product uses software models of the application infrastructure and agentless technology to detect what assets exist, to manage changes to those assets, and to release key updates to those assets in a controlled and safe way.
As an IT service dependency mapping tool it would sit alongside a configuration management database, to offer the same sort of functions as do various products provided by BMC, CA, EMC, HP, IBM, Tideway or Veritas.
It is reported that mValent has raised over $26 million in VC funding since 2002, from firms like Charles River Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Polaris Venture Partners.
According to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list, mValent had revenues around $3 million in 2007 and would have been expected to double in size during 2008.
Oracle is tight-lipped about how much it is paying for the business, but did confirm that the deal should close by the end of the first half.
By then the software will have found itself a place in the Oracle Enterprise Manager set of systems management tools that are used to monitor and automate database and application administration.
In a presentation made to announce the deal Richard Sarwal, one of Oracle’s senior VPs, said the software would provide it with a means of making application system comparisons on the fly, using mValent to drive real-time configuration updates and reconciliation processes.