Royce Murphy, CEO of Real-Status
Real-Status Ltd is a modelling and visualisation software company based in Cambridge creates up to date models of complete IT infrastructures in 3D involving a technology called HyperGlance. Real-Status spun out of Intergence Systems in March 2011. It currently has around 10 staff and has its HQ at Riverside, Granta Park. It also has a member of its business development team in San Francisco.1. What is HyperGlance?HyperGlance is the world’s first real-time modelling and visualisation of IT infrastructure in 3D. Utilising sophisticated graphics and modelling techniques, HyperGlance creates dynamic and up to date models of complete IT infrastructures in 3D, whilst overlaying performance and business metrics, allowing IT managers to take informed and business-led decisions in context. Real-Status’s software models both physical and virtual devices and their relationships, and aggregates and visualises performance metrics from multiple management tools. HyperGlance complements, rather than replaces, existing management tools. Traditional tools use 2D graphical modelling, which is unable to scale. 2D models support IT efficiency, rather than decisions based on business impact.
2. Why is it different?HyperGlance has a patent pending for dynamic 3D modelling of IT infrastructure. This allows HyperGlance to usefully model thousands of nodes and relationships, unlike current 2D methods that are generally no longer useful beyond a few dozen notes and links. HyperGlance users can navigate from within the model rather than simply look down from above. HyperGlance is also designed to complement existing management tools by aggregating and visualising their data on the 3D model. IT managers don’t lack data; they lack the ability to rapidly correlate data from multiple tools and understand the relationships between their servers, networks, virtual machines, storage, security, and other systems. HyperGlance ships with integration to VMware, for example, so it is able to show the relationships between physical devices and the virtual infrastructure utilising those resources. Finally, HyperGlance uses innovative visualisation techniques to enable pattern recognition, movement, and other methods of enabling rapid correlation of data. You should buy HyperGlance if you want to:
• Improve security by visualising the correlation between intrusion detection, scanning for vulnerabilities, and assessment of the business impact of risk in critical business systems
• Ensure compliance in Cloud Computing by providing user the ability to track where their data is stored and processed. User’s ability to see into the cloud can be limited to just the infrastructure relevant to them.
• Reduce Service degradation because the eyes and mind can correlate problems faster through visualisation than by reviewing log files and error tables.
• Avoid single points of failure and other common design errors by visualising your infrastructure and enabling design walkthroughs.
• Achieve sustainability targets by displaying power usage versus targets and grouping devices by the ownership of the targets. Show temperatures within devices to monitor cooling efficiency.
• Improve capacity planning and utilisation by showing utilisation of resources over time within context related systems, the location and the responsible line of business.
• Help non-IT staff comprehend their infrastructure and how they use it by visualising the resources they are using within the context of the entire IT infrastructure.
• Understand the relationships between virtual and physical machines by showing the actual connections between virtual and physical machines and real-time performance metrics for both.
• Make IT decisions based on business impact! All of these user cases illustrate the value of turning data into information and making IT decisions in context. A picture is worth a thousand log files.
3. Who developed HyperGlance?HyperGlance was conceived by Stace Hipperson, Chief Technology Officer of Real-Status. It was originally incubated within Intergence Systems, a Cambridge-based IT optimisation consultancy, and developed, in collaboration with Geomerics, a Cambridge-based company that provides cutting-edge graphics technology normally used in the computer games industry. Real-Status spun out of Intergence Systems in February 2011 and now owns all of HyperGlance’s intellectual property. Stace Hipperson was the first to consider using visualisation and navigation techniques from the computer games industry, and a patent application was filed in 2008 for dynamic modelling of IT infrastructure in 3D. Stace and Peter Job, the CEO of Intergence Systems, then sought out Geomerics and a partnership was formed. In 2009, the team collaborated to develop a successful prototype. Shortly afterwards, a grant was won from the Technology Strategy to help fund the research and development of HyperGlance.
4. How big is the market?Forrester Research reported in 2010 that the IT dashboard and analysis software market is worth $1.3 billion per year worldwide.
5. How is Real-Status funded?In March 2011, Real-Status received £1.232 million in an over-subscribed funding round. The funding is being used to commercialise Real-Status’ first product, HyperGlance, and to further develop the business. The funding round was a private placement led by the brokers, W H Ireland.
6. Who owns Real-Status?No shareholder has a controlling interest, and Intergence Systems and Geomerics both hold equity stakes in Real-Status.
7. How is HyperGlance sold and distributed?HyperGlance is sold through Solution Providers that provide consulting, support and other services together with the HyperGlance software. Intergence Systems is Real-Status’ first Solution Provider, and Bridge Point, GCH Services, and SYNTAX have recently become Solution Providers. Real-Status is actively looking to build up its Solution Provider network in the UK and overseas. VMware Solution Providers are excellent prospects to also provide HyperGlance, as bridging the gap between physical and virtual worlds is a major issue in virtualisation and cloud computing, and HyperGlance is the first product to do that successfully.
8. How scalable is HyperGlance?HyperGlance utilises 3D techniques to enable thousands of devices to be successfully modelled on a single pane of glass. Filtered views allow each user to specify how data is visualised on the model. For example, a user could create a filtered view that combines data from intrusion detection software and vulnerability scanning software, and they can cause any device that has both a known vulnerability and an attack underway to glow red and pulsate in the model. In that way, they can instantly see the few devices among thousands that require immediate attention.
9. What industry sector(s) is HyperGlance most suited for and who are HyperGlance’s customers? Enterprises with hundreds or thousands of devices, and especially those that have implemented virtualisation, are struggling to understand the increasing complexity of their environments. They generally have multiple management tools covering networks, servers, storage, virtualisation, application performance, etc. These enterprises are seeing value from HyperGlance, and they range across multiple industries. The beta customers for HyperGlance included companies from banking, other financial services, managed ICT services, construction and education.
10. How important is Cambridge to the company’s growth strategy, and do you expect to go global at any stage?Real-Status’ was formed from the collaboration between two Cambridge companies, Intergence Systems and Geomerics, and Geomerics has its roots in Cambridge University. Geomerics’ experience and knowhow in 3D modelling and visualisation techniques were fundamental in the development of HyperGlance, and the relationship between Real-Status, Geomerics and Intergence Systems remains strong. Cambridge also has ability to attract top quality software developers, marketing, business development and other key staff members for businesses like Real-Status. People want to live and work in areas where they can develop their careers and network with others that have similar interests. Real-Status is already going global. We have just added a member of our business development team based in the US, and Real-Status has been selected by GigaOM as one of 11 start-ups to feature at their Structure event in San Francisco later this month. Real-Status is exhibiting at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas during August, where the new VMware ”plug-in” version of HyperGlance will be featured. This is part of a campaign to build Real-Status business in the USA working with VMware solution providers to extend their solutions with HyperGlance and close the gap when managing virtual and physical worlds.