Phurnace Announces New "Roll-back in Time" Feature for IBM WebSphere Portals®

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Capability Provides Robust Safety Net for Portal System Administrators

Phurnace Software, Inc., the Java application deployment company, today announced Phurnace WebSphere Portal® Deliver™ now offers context sensitive, environment independent, full deployment roll-back functionality for IBM WebSphere Portal® applications. The new feature, available in the latest release, provides customers the flexibility to undo or roll-back complex changes or additions to their Portal environments. This allows Portal administrators to fully archive points in time and roll-back on-demand to a previous known state.

With the new roll-back in time feature users can fully archive all objects needed to deploy an IBM WebSphere Portal application including binaries (wars, skins, themes, etc.) and associated configuration information and then use that archive to roll-back any Portal instance to that state from a previous point in time. This feature complements Phurnace's existing functionality that allows users to roll-back deployments automatically if errors are experienced during the actual process.

"Portal use and development continues to expand across organizations, creating an increased need to archive and roll-back Portal configurations and their deployments," said Daniel Nelson, vice president of products at Phurnace Software. "When errors occur during deployment management of portals, often it is not a system or process error but instead the wrong portlets, skins, themes, or content objects were deployed by mistake. These mistakes can create hours of unnecessary work for administrators and currently there is no easy way to make a record of a complete Portal instance at any given time. With the new roll-back functionality, customers can decide, based on their own business rules, when to revert to an earlier state. It's one more safety net we provide."

Phurnace WebSphere Portal Deliver will, on demand or as part of an automated system, connect to a WebSphere Portal instance and copy down the appropriate Portal binaries installed on the system, interrogate the system for all Portal and/or WebSphere specific configuration objects, and then save all of those objects and binaries. Phurnace then uses those archived items to revert any Portal instance to the state captured in the archive. Alternatively, Phurnace can also report on how the instance differs from the archive without making any changes to the target environment.

"Managing and understanding change within WebSphere Portal applications is critical. Rolling-back to an explicit point in time is a must-have functionality that allows our customers to effectively manage change and fully leverage the power of WebSphere Portals," said John Balena, vice president of sales and services at Phurnace Software. "Our customers and prospects have been asking for our feature; there is nothing else like it in the market, even from IBM."

Phurnace WebSphere Portal Deliver provides comprehensive support for IT staff and developers during complex enterprise Java deployments and troubleshooting to decrease errors, streamline implementations and avoid the downtime and outages that come with manual or script-based processes.

Phurnace WebSphere Portal Deliver 3.6.2 is available to current maintenance customers for download. Phurnace will demonstrate its latest release at the upcoming IBM Portal Excellence Conference, October 12-15, 2009 in San Diego, CA.

Phurnace customers represent multiple vertical markets and leverage the company's automated deployment product line that provides support for IBM WebSphere®, Oracle WebLogic®, RedHat JBoss™ and IBM WebSphere Portal®. Additionally, Phurnace has integrations to BMC BladeLogic®, HP Server Automation®, IBM Tivoli®, IBM Rational® Build Forge®, and source code control systems such as IBM ClearCase®, SVN, and CVS.

About Phurnace Software, Inc.

Phurnace software helps companies drive revenue and dramatically reduce cost by accelerating the deployment of business critical applications into physical environments, virtual images or to cloud computing providers. Leveraging patent-pending technology, Phurnace automates web application deployments - from installation to deployment to upgrades - eliminating manual, error-prone processes and delivering tangible ROI within weeks. Based in Austin, Texas, Phurnace is funded by S3Ventures, DFJ Mercury and other private investors.

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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