Forbes writes about Cassatt’s launch:
“We’re heading for self-configuration” of computer systems, says Coleman, founder of BEA Systems (nasdaq: BEAS – news – people ), who left that company last year to start Cassatt, a software company aiming to steer that self-configuration. “With the commoditization of the computing world, we have to automate information technology operations.” Cassatt is backed by Warburg Pincus with a reported $50 million investment.
Cassatt will announce its first product, software for automated management of large systems of computer servers and applications. Coleman says the software will be able dynamically allocate previously dedicated servers to different tasks as needed through so-called “virtualization” of servers, fixing problems on the fly and only telling their human managers about it afterward.
The software costs about $25,000 for the controlling software, and $1,500 per server managed. Thus, a system of 30 servers would cost $70,000 — $25,000 for the brain and $45,000 for the individual managers.
Coleman says Cassatt marks the start of a fourth ten-year cycle in computer technology. The previous ones include exploration of the capabilities of the semiconductor, resulting in the personal computer; their growth into client-server networks; and the maturation of that into the Internet and Web services architectures.
In each case, both the capabilities and the geography of electronic intelligence grew vastly larger. In the new era, says Coleman, “the footprint is the globe, always connected — the productivity enhancements will surpass everything we’ve seen before.”
Users are moving to commodity systems and the software market is moving from monolithic applications to Web services and service-oriented architectures, said Steve Levine, Cassatt’s marketing VP, and former vice president of marketing at Oracle. “That creates an opportunity to provide an operations environment that makes it easier and more effective and reduces the cost and complexity of managing commodity servers,” Levine said.
Collage can be thought of as virtual environment software, said IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky. “It allows you to build applications that run on a collection of machines on high-volume, low-cost, industry-standard systems,” Kusnetzky said. The software provides for workload failover and enables functions such as I/O to be done separately from the application processing, he said.