GridApp Systems Announces Next-Generation Support for SQL Server 2005


Clarity Database Automation Software Provides Powerful Control Over SQL Server Sprawl

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 -- GridApp Systems, Inc. (www.gridapp.com ), the leading provider of database automation solutions, today announced its next-generation automation capabilities for the management of SQL Server database environments. GridApp's Clarity 3.2 database automation software simplifies the administration and management of SQL Server infrastructures -- including standardization and policy enforcement -- and eases the migration to SQL Server 2005. Through an intuitive graphical user interface, GridApp Clarity turns the manual and chaotic process of SQL Server administration into a straightforward activity, where policies and standards can be automatically enforced and audited. Today's announcement extends GridApp's leadership in automating complex, heterogeneous database environments and underscores the company's commitment to supporting customers' next-generation database infrastructures.

"As more databases are deployed to support growing business requirements, manageability and complexity not only increase, but so do IT costs," writes Noel Yuhanna, senior analyst for Forrester Research. "Automation of database administration (DBA) functions can help reduce complexity, minimize human errors, improve overall productivity, and lower costs...Forrester estimates that enterprises can typically save 15% or more in costs by way of reduced administration efforts." (Six Database Initiatives That Can Save Money, Forrester Research, Inc., September 2006).

While the new breed of databases, such as SQL Server, is easier to deploy, it has also left administrators with the daunting task of managing an exponential number of servers. This has also sparked standardization challenges as each new database must be provisioned, configured, patched and audited in compliance with best practices and company policies. Before Clarity, these tasks were handled manually, exposing organizations to misconfigurations, and significant compliance and security risks. These challenges were compounded for administrators charged with managing not only SQL Server environments, but heterogeneous database infrastructures.

GridApp enables organizations running SQL Server to:

Ensure SQL Server Standardization:

GridApp's database automation software allows organizations to ensure all SQL Server database instances are standardized and managed according to the same set of best practices and company guidelines. This new level of control over database operations enables DBAs to more efficiently manage across the database infrastructure, as operations are uniform and consistent.

Simplify Policy Enforcement:

Clarity allows an organization's most-experienced administrators to authoritatively define baselines, standards, auditing policies, alerting paths, and other key decisions for SQL Server. Once these policies are defined, all subsequent operations are enforced and audited in accordance with these rules. This is especially crucial in heterogeneous environments, where Oracle DBAs are more and more being called on to manage SQL Server databases, and vice versa.

Increase Database Consolidation Speed:

Clarity dramatically increases the speed of SQL Server consolidation by continuously gathering configuration and audit data from every machine, instance and all databases in the environment. DBAs can now run configuration comparison reports for quicker and more accurate consolidation and standards enforcement.

Seamlessly Upgrade to SQL Server 2005:

Clarity radically evolves the way SQL Server upgrades are managed by storing the complete configuration settings for old database instances in its CMDB. This allows DBAs to automatically revisit old instances to examine configuration differences, reducing the time required to correct a change and deploy the upgrade. At any given time, enterprises can know exactly the state of any database instance in their environment. Previously, DBAs had to keep the old instance on a separate machine, or perform a backup and then restore it as needed.

"Automation has become a necessity for today's enterprise as the complexity and size of database environments continues to increase at a staggering rate," said Matthew Zito, chief scientist at GridApp Systems. "GridApp's Clarity software helps customers tackle this challenge by providing control over time-consuming and error-prone database activities. With Clarity, organizations gain better management of their entire database infrastructure, achieving greater control and gaining significant cost savings."

About GridApp Systems

GridApp Systems is a leader in database automation and management. Its Clarity(TM) software and D2500 database appliance provide companies with the ability to simplify and manage critical database operational tasks such as deployment, patch management, auditing, encryption and replication across the enterprise. The company is privately held and headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.gridapp.com .

Source: GridApp Systems

CONTACT:
Pia Chon
GridApp Systems
+1-646-452-4055
pchon@gridapp.com

Jeff Pecor
Barokas Public Relations
+1-206-264-8220
jeff@barokas.com (for GridApp Systems)

Web site: www.gridapp.com/

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