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December 19, 2006

ClearApp extends support to open source Java platforms

ClearApp Inc, which manages the performance of Java applications, has added coverage of Java open source platforms JBoss and Apache Tomcat in the new version 6.1 of its QuickVision product. That's in addition to coverage of mainstream IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic platforms.

By CBR Staff Writer

QuickVision is built on an engine that models the Java application and automatically instruments it. ClearApp, which often paints itself as David to CA’s Wily Technologies Goliath, claims its model-based approach to instrumenting Java apps is more automated, quicker to implement, and easier to operate than Wily’s Introscope product line.

The 6.1 version follows the major rollout of 6.0 back in the fall, which added topological views showing at high level how business logic flows through a Java application. The view sits alongside the model-based instrumentation in that it provides users a graphical representation of what’s being monitored.

For instance, it can show a map of portal pages that are displayed in response to user interactions.

In addition to the topological view introduced in the September release, other features include an architectural view that pinpoints bottlenecks by examining how different components interact. It also tracks SQL performance and provides the ability to add custom metrics.

Besides ClearApp’s claims that its modeling-based approach is quicker to implement, it also claims that its modeling engine can automatically detect changes and re-instrument as the app evolves over time. Wily also has an automated change detector, but ClearApp claims it doesn’t automatically perform the re-instrumenting.

Despite Wily’s lead in the market, both companies were similar in age. The difference was that Wily was faster to build out its sales, marketing, and field operations. It also grew its solution with an acquisition (before CA entered the picture) adding correlation of the user experience with application performance back on the server. And under CA’s watch, Wily added Microsoft .NET support, something that is high on ClearApp’s to-do list.

But ClearApp views itself as the better Wily, reflected by the fact that some of its management team came from Wily and that it has a more efficient technology. Having raised $20m in funding, last September the company relaunched itself from what had been a five-year stealth mode with a new management team and a new name. And high on its list is building the sales and field operation.

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Coming off a modest sized client base that, like Wily, targeted transaction-intensive, complex Java applications, its average deal size has hovered around $250,000. But in recent months, it has signed some deals nearing the $1m mark. The company hopes to enter the black in 2007. As for QuickVision 6.1, it is available now.

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