Oslo, Norway – (The Hosting News) – January 7, 2009 – Recently formed support company Cfengine AS, has released a major upgrade of the Open Source, self-repairing software cfengine based on its innovative Promise Theory technology.
Following 5 years of research and development under the technical direction of its long time author Mark Burgess (a professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College), cfengine is not about producing alarms and reports to notify about errors and misalignments in the Data Center: it is a fully self-repairing maintenance engine capable of fixing them without human intervention. Cfengine users know that systems are compliant and maintained even when humans are unavailable, because they have made all the important decisions in advance.
Thomas Ryd, CEO of Cfengine remarked, ”With probably a million existing cfengine installations already worldwide, this major upgrade will have a big impact in improving data center operations at some of the largest data centers in the world.”
Cfengine has always been at the leading edge of research in its field and one of the important innovations in the new release is integrated knowledge management. As a tool that separates human decisions from machine implementation, cfengine historically freed humans from manual labour to indulge in proactive decision-making and strategic planning – something that relies on clear enterprise knowledge. Cfengine 3 now integrates a knowledge engine based on ISO standard Topic Maps making it easier than ever to follow the strategic intentions behind data centers operations. Cfengine ties IT and business-processes together in a way many companies and compliance-auditors are hoped to find powerful and appealing.
Cfengine is not a quaint dashboard for users – it is a powerful engine for datacenter engineers. Version 3 introduces an innovative new language to the trusted technology, with a simpler syntax and sophisticated pattern description features. It brings technology to manage the essential large scale infrastructure and resource clouds of the next decade.
Cfengine 3 will work side-by-side with existing versions of cfengine to provide a minimum-disruption, incremental upgrade path to existing users. Gradual adoption has always been the cornerstone of cfengine’s success, setting it apart from alternative disruptive roll-out systems. While other solutions require weeks or months of training with downtime and a major impact on existing infrastructure and applications, Cfengine works unobtrusively behind the scenes, according to Mark Burgess.
Cfengine AS added support and consulting services to the mix this year, with a strong business management team to complement Burgess’s well known research credentials. CEO Thomas Ryd summarizes the main reasons for using cfengine 3 in Data Center Automation:
1) It is the only truly scalable self-repairing solution.
2) Its open source code base is broadly tested by a community of expert users.
3) Its state of the art technology for voluntary cooperation delivers scalability and security and users set their own pace for change.
Cfengine was founded June 2008 in Oslo, Norway. Its software solution, Cfengine, is the standalone, open-source datacenter management platform run by leading enterprises since 1993. The company is committed to reducing costs for its customers, improving efficiency and delivering higher return on investment for the lowest cost of adoption in the industry.
To learn more, please visit: www.cfengine.com.