Phurnace to Demo Enhanced Deployment Automation for IBM® WebSphere® Portal at Upcoming Conference

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New dependency management feature enables rapid updates and additions to IBM portals.

Phurnace Software, Inc., the Java application deployment company, will be demonstrating its newest release of Phurnace WebSphere Portal® Deliver™, version 3.4, at the upcoming IBM WebSphere Portal Technical Conference, October 13-16, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. This release of Phurnace Deliver™ supports a new deployment automation capability that manages dependencies when deploying modifications to an IBM WebSphere Portal environment. This new dependency management feature can discover the interdependencies and manage them when deployments or changes are made to a) portlets, b) apps, c) themes, d) skins, and e) content for IBM Portals, which can significantly reduce the difficulties typically associated with complex portal environments.

Phurnace Deliver can dramatically simplify the configuration, set-up and on-going maintenance of IBM WebSphere Portal based applications. Phurnace Deliver enables IBM WebSphere Portal customers to deploy their Portal applications through their development, test, staging and production environments without the use of scripts or manual intervention.

"With this new release, Phurnace is the first and only product that offers dependency management of objects for IBM Portal deployments," said Daniel Nelson, vp products at Phurnace Software. He continued, "A world of headaches can now be eliminated for Portal customers. Now portal changes can be made quickly, additional portlets and content can be rolled out easily, and errors can be trapped way before they are deployed into production."

Phurnace can interrogate the Portal server and create an abstraction of all of its unique settings. The abstraction is used to create a package of objects that can then be moved throughout your environment. Phurnace compares the objects in the package to the objects that exist on the target server, and makes the changes necessary to configure and deploy those objects correctly. In other words, Phurnace provides fully automated, contextual configurations and deployments with zero scripts and manual intervention. Phurnace Deliver has the intelligence to include any dependencies in the package. Users no longer have to manually hunt for dependencies.

In addition, that initial abstraction can be systematically compared between servers to quickly identify differences or issues that are impacting performance. This makes Phurnace Deliver a "must have" diagnostic tool for any system administrator responsible for Portal servers. Users will be able to:

  •     Translate configurations from one environment to the next automatically without scripts or manual intervention.
  •     Roll back deployments effortlessly to their previous known good state in the case of error, while generating verbose error logs to help troubleshoot root cause.
  •     Upgrade deployments and configurations from one version of the server to the next (i.e., from WebSphere Portal® 5.1 to 6.1).
  •     Provide detailed audit trails of what was modified in each environment.
  •     Speed deployments in virtual environments.
  •     Package changes and dependencies together in minutes.

"The IBM WebSphere Portal enables global organizations to aggregate and deliver information to employees and customers", said Larry Warnock, president and CEO at Phurnace Software. He continued, "Our product can assist Portal administrators to do this even faster and with more flexibility. It should generate significant interest at the IBM WebSphere Portal Technical Conference next week."

About Phurnace Software, Inc.:
Phurnace creates software that accelerates deployments and troubleshoots configuration problems for Java EE applications. It eliminates the error-prone, repetitive processes and headaches associated with deploying, troubleshooting, configuring, and migrating of software running on web application servers -- regardless of vendor or version. System administrators and developers use Phurnace to eliminate errors, save time, and reduce overall deployment costs.

Phurnace and the Phurnace flame logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Phurnace Software, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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