Oracle added to its lineup of service-oriented architectures (SOA) Tuesday with the purchase of ClearApp, which supplies management solutions for composite applications.
"As customers deploy more SOA-based applications, the task of effectively managing them becomes paramount," said Leng Leng Tan, Oracle's vice president for applications and systems management.
In order to best serve customers managing complex application environments, Oracle solutions must address end-user experience management, business services, application-performance management, application testing, and quality management, Tan said.
By adding ClearApp's technology to Oracle's Enterprise Manager product line, Oracle expects to provide customers with "continuous and uninterrupted top-down views of their business services and applications, helping them maximize service availability while reducing IT operations costs," Tan said.
IT Invisibility Gap
In a letter to customers released Tuesday, Tan explained that ClearApp addresses an "IT invisibility gap" created when different business teams deploy different SOA applications. "The high level of abstraction that makes these architectures attractive also hides key application component relationships," Tan said.
ClearApp addresses the gap by allowing customers to "discover and model end-to-end business services and component dependencies in runtime, monitor business service performance, and diagnose performance issues quickly," continued Tan.
The acquisition comes fast on the heels of two other SOA acquisitions. Oracle bought a Dutch firm, Moniforce, last December and an Indian firm, Auptyma, this year.
Moniforce's products, WebStress and WebProbe, monitor and report on performance and availability of Web applications. Auptyma offered a Java-application monitor that has been renamed Oracle Application Diagnostics, which is being offered as part of the company's Fusion middleware management solution.
Building on BEA
In a presentation, Oracle said the ClearApp purchase "builds on the acquisitions of Moniforce and Auptyma, which have provided a core set of capabilities in the application management space."
The three acquisitions together give customers a "top-down application management solution that provides comprehensive management of their standards-based applications and integrations," Tan explained.
The purchase of ClearApp brings to seven the number of companies Oracles has purchased just this year. The three SOA acquisitions all build on the hard-won purchase of BEA in January for $8.5 billion. Last month, the company announced the Oracle WebLogic Server 10g (release 3), the first product to combine BEA and Oracle technology.
The new server product is the "cornerstone of Oracle WebLogic Suite," the company said last month, providing a "comprehensive foundation for enterprise applications and SOA, supporting scale-out application grids, adaptive systems management, and predictable performance."
Executives at ClearApp will report to newly appointed chief financial officer Jeff Epstein. Epstein last worked at a small game publisher called Oberon Media, but has also served as CFO at DoubleClick, ADVO and King World Productions. Oracle has rearranged top-level reporting structures, with Epstein reporting to Oracle President Safra Catz, rather than CEO Larry Ellison.
Oracle declined to release financial details of the ClearApp acquisition.