Start-up mValent this week launched a significant update to its Integrity software for automating compliance and configuration data centre applications.

Like other automation software providers, mValent says it is targeting the growing complexity of the data centre, which is ever more reliant on automation to keep things running smoothly and keep in compliance with byzantine regulations.

Software such as mValent's documents configuration changes, helps ensure changes are effective and reduces the time needed to implement changes, according to industry analysts. The company’s competitors include Cendura and Opsware.

The start-up's software allows administrators to put configuration information for servers, storage devices and applications in one place and automate the tasks involved with making changes.

It can share configuration information with software from companies such as Opsware or BladeLogic for automated application installation. The result should be improved application uptime, fewer IT crises and simplified regulatory compliance, according to the company.

"Configuration changes in IT environments are the number one cause of instability, performance issues and outages," said mValent chief executive and president Joe Forgione, in a statement.

The ability to holistically view and control these changes drastically reduces risk and creates greater confidence in the event of internal or external audits."

The new release, Integrity 4.0, adds an "infrastructure change dashboard" that lets administrators view changes to the application infrastructure at a glance. The software can highlight applications with unusually large volume of changes, something that can contribute to application downtime and business service delivery problems, according to the company.

Administrators can set configuration standards and then measure and report on compliance with those standards, or carry out fixes on configurations that don't comply. The new version includes hundreds of preset configuration rules, aiming to establish a baseline for administrators to set up their own standards.

Integrity now shares information with service management systems such as BMC Remedy and CA Service Desk, mValent said. It also includes new code deployment automation features for J2EE and composite applications.

The update will be available starting at the end of June. Pricing information is available directly from the company.