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rPath Casts Project Javelin

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rPath Casts Project Javelin

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rPath was founded by several developers who helped build Red Hat's commercial Linux distribution.  The founding rPath team created a Linux variant that has its own repository for building and patching applications.  Recently, rPath announced it is working with it's company of origin again by supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 with the rPath Builder 5.5 tools.  rPath says it has also taken the first step toward "Project Javelin," a program launched during the summer to extend the system version-controlled release management model into the broader data automation market.

rPath got its start in the ISV market selling development tools for building software appliances.  Now rPath intends to bridge the gap between "apps and ops."  Project Javelin is the means to that end.  The project intends to make software stack changes easier by providing version control systems that span application development and operations.  The tools that are deployed as a version control system reside in the rPath builder.  The first step in Project Javelin is now complete with the release of rPath Builder 5.5.  

The rPath Builder manages intra-system dependencies for the hypervisor, OS, and application stacks.  rPath has been working to expand rPath Builder to handle inter-system dependencies for multi-tier applications.  Company officials say enterprise IT operations groups will be able to easily automate, control, and audit their release management processes with the new rPath Builder.  

Version 5.5 features include:
  • A Dashboard that can view local, physical, and virtual infrastructure along with remote cloud infrastructure
  • Built-in dialogs and workflows for release engineers, managers and system administrators
  • API integration with existing workflow, business process management and service desk tools
  • An interface for promotion and demotion of system versions between development, testing, and production
  • A centralized system inventory and centralized control for updates and system provisioning

rPath says its new platform will also help IT groups handle the system management challenges of virtualization. Future upgrades will provide protection against the increased system instances requiring management for cloud computing.  The rPath Builder is due to support Windows in the first half of 2010.
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