Intersperse Launches Standards-Based Management Framework
for the Integrated Enterprise

Real-time Visibility and Management of the Integrated Enterprise
Helps Align IT to Business Objectives

March 3, 2003
Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla - BEA eWORLD 2003 CONFERENCE - March 3, 2003-Intersperse, Inc., an enterprise software company that provides real-time management for the integrated enterprise, today announced the release of Intersperse Management Framework Enterprise Edition 2.0 aimed at monitoring Java Management Extensions (JMX) compliant platforms. The Intersperse Management Framework provides a distributed management solution for vendor-independent visibility into software components across all application, integration and process servers supporting JMX.

With the Intersperse Management Framework, IT integration teams can discover, map, monitor, analyze and control all mission critical software components and services in both operational and business contexts across multiple vendors. The Intersperse Framework leverages JMX, a universal, open technology for management and monitoring devices, applications and service-driven networks. Gartner estimates that by 2005, Java Management Extensions (JMX) will be the de-facto standard for managing J2EE application server platforms, according to Cameron Haight, Research Director at Gartner. The Intersperse Framework can be deployed for the JMX-based BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 and BEA WebLogic Integration. By using the auto-instrumentation capability, the Intersperse Framework can also be extended to manage homegrown J2EE components as well as legacy and packaged applications.

"BEA's customers increasingly rely on BEA WebLogic Server and BEA WebLogic Integration to build their enterprise infrastructure, creating the need for advanced management capabilities such as those offered by the Intersperse Management Framework," said Scott Edgington, Vice President and General Manager, Global Software Partners, BEA Systems. "Intersperse's support of JMX offers our WebLogic customers the assurance that they can monitor and manage their BEA components, and the business processes they support."

As the number of software components and services put in production grows, so does the lack of visibility into an organization's IT infrastructure. The resulting IT operational complexity is increasingly unmanageable, causing frequent business outages for an enterprise's customers and partners.

"While many vendors offer some degree of visibility into their own applications, the view often stops at the edge of the application or component, providing only a limited snapshot of one piece of the application infrastructure puzzle," said Haight. "For companies to maximize the performance and availability of their IT environment, they need a holistic view of the relationships, attributes and status of the applications and components that cooperate in the delivery of critical business services."

The Intersperse Framework's advanced capabilities to discover or custom-define the status of components as well as the relationships and processes among them, enables users to create business relevant custom views of the managed environment. The Intersperse Framework also includes sophisticated aggregation capabilities to extract persistent business metrics from run-time operational metrics. By viewing and analyzing both the physical and logical relationships among components within a single framework, companies can manage the IT operational performance to improve overall operational availability while meeting service level agreements with lines of business.

"Fast changing business requirements demand that IT integration teams provide optimal performance and uptime for integrated applications that drive the business. But without clear visibility into the real-time status and performance of the entire system, it is impossible to achieve these goals," said Dan Udoutch, Intersperse President and CEO. "Today's enterprise has a variety of disparate platforms including application, integration and process servers. Intersperse offers broad visibility and management of software components across multiple vendor environments, thereby enabling enterprises to accurately evaluate and maximize IT performance to meet business service levels."

Visibility and Control
Intersperse's Management Framework Enterprise Edition 2.0 includes the following key features: * Intersperse Connectors enable the Intersperse Framework to capture information from the specific environment under management across multiple vendor platforms. Connectors are currently available for the BEA WebLogic Server 6.x, 7.0 and BEA WebLogic Integration.
* Intersperse Visibility Ladder creates a business-relevant, contextual map of a user's unique environment. Additional context is derived via discovery and display of attributes and status, object inter-relationships and business processes.
* Intersperse Console is the control panel through which every user creates and uses custom views of the environment to monitor relevant events through alerts, statistic collection, charting dashboards and event displays.
* Intersperse Analytical Engine provides analysis of the events and data streams using tools like root cause analysis, rules, thresholds and correlations to drive appropriate action for controlling the managed objects.

The Intersperse Management Framework Enterprise Edition 2.0 is available immediately. For more information, please visit or phone 626-535-2000.

About Intersperse, Inc.
Intersperse is an enterprise software company that provides a distributed management solution for software components and services across application, integration and process servers. The Intersperse Management Framework enables IT integration teams to gain vendor-independent visibility and control of their integrated application environments-resulting in reduced operational risk and increased service levels to business. Our solutions are deployed at Fortune 500 customers within financial services, high-tech manufacturing, telecommunications and retail. Intersperse is headquartered in Pasadena, CA. For more information, please visit

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