Claiming to offer the first software release management offering that ties in application management, build management, and software configuration management, mValent Inc is partnering with diversified management tools vendor Quest Software Inc in an agreement that extends from product engineering to sales.
The link involves mValent’s Integrity infrastructure configuration management tool and Quest’s Foglight Release Manager for software deployment. Under the agreement, both companies will work to link their products, initially through the ability to call each tool up from the same user interface, and by April, to provide federated sharing of data.
Additionally, the agreement has a go to market component, with mValent getting the right to resell Foglight Release manager, and for Quest to refer leads where appropriate to mValent.
The companies currently have at least a dozen joint customers, with whom they vetted the idea of linkage before going public.
Both products are complementary. While Quest’s Foglight Release manager bundles software ready for production (the equivalent of build management, but for software that’s being migrated to production), mValent’s Integrity checks the impacts on configurations. Specifically, it tracks what builds are deployed to which targets, and how deployment affects the configurations of the target machines.
Both companies claim that, because they focus on applications level, that they really don’t have any rivals. They claim that change management players, such as OpsWare, IBM Tivoli, or what used to be called HP OpenView, tend to aim lower at the server or network level, and therefore don’t provide views that are meaningful to those who package up a new release of SAP or an internally developed application for production.
The Quest product is actually part of a much larger suite of application management offerings that focus on managing service levels for .NET, J2EE, SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, or Oracle applications. And in itself, Foglight is just one part of the application management family in a company that also has DBA and server management tools.
Down the road, both companies see interesting possibilities in packaging different kinds of reporting and analytics that could be used for audit and compliance purposes. There are interesting opportunities around common reporting, validation and comparison operations, said Ken Barrette, manager of change control solutions for Quest.
Of course, when you have a company with a $1.6 billion market cap conducting joint product development and sales with an emerging, privately held startup with a complementary product, you have to wonder if this is a dress rehearsal for an eventual acquisition.