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[February 23, 2010]

SL Corporation Positioned in Leading Analyst Firm's "Magic Quadrant" for Application Performance Monitoring

CORTE MADERA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- SL Corporation®, a leading provider of real-time monitoring, analytics and visualization software, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner (News - Alert), Inc. in the "Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring."1 In the report, Gartner evaluated 19 vendors of Application Performance Monitoring (APM (News - Alert)) solutions, including SL Corporation and its RTView® for APM product. The report details a five-dimensional response to the increasingly recognized importance of APM that takes into account the management problems entailed by modern application architectures.


"We consider our positioning by Gartner in the Application Performance Monitoring Magic Quadrant confirmation of our mission to provide our customers with the greatest breadth and depth in monitoring and managing their complex, multi-tier and geographically disperse application infrastructures," said Tom Lubinski, president and CEO of SL Corporation. "We continue to innovate, building on our unique expertise in monitoring middleware, in-memory data grids, complex events and custom applications to deliver comprehensive yet cost-effective, real-time visibility for the world's most complicated applications." SL Corporation has seen a dramatic increase in large-scale deployments of RTView, demonstrating its ability to provide successful holistic APM solutions. Over 250 of the world's largest companies have chosen RTView because their environments had reached a level of complexity that required a non-invasive APM solution capable of bringing it all together. With RTView, these companies gather, correlate and present data from a broad array of applications and components - including their existing APM solutions - to cost-effectively deliver tailored single-pane-of-glass views, reliable alerts, deep investigation of issues, and historical analysis of system behavior via an advanced, real-time Application Performance Management Database.

RTView for APM incorporates pre-built, out-of-the-box solutions for several common and critical mid-tier applications and extensions that otherwise have limited monitoring options. These solutions are driven by a powerful framework that enables users to more easily build custom monitoring applications, as well as quickly extend RTView's pre-built packages.

Gartner's report highlights the challenges of monitoring applications based on middleware, noting that "in addition to the higher-level application health portraits obtained by the first three dimensions, effective diagnosis of performance problems frequently involves ‘looking under the covers' of the critical elements that hold a modern, highly modular application stack together; such elements include database management systems, application server middleware, message-oriented middleware, off-the-shelf application stack frameworks and even some aspects of the network infrastructure." Gartner further discusses a fifth dimension, the Application Performance Management Database, that is concerned with both the real-time and historic correlation and analysis of the extremely large data sets associated with each of the first four dimensions, stating, "Each workflow step within and across dimensions requires the ability to rapidly filter, correlate and analyze a significant quantity of data. Such filtering, correlation and analysis (ideally in real-time, but more typically, for the moment, offline) is the role of application performance management database functionality." For more information regarding SL's RTView for APM, please visit http://www.sl.com/products/rtviewforapm.shtml, or download SL's recent white paper, "360° Application Performance Management: Best Practices for Gaining Comprehensive Visibility Into Enterprise Application Performance," at http://www.sl.com/registration/whitepapers_360degreeAPM_go.shtml.

About SL Corporation Over the past 25 years, SL Corporation has become the most knowledgeable and responsive provider of real-time monitoring, analytics, and visibility solutions. SL's flagship product, RTView, addresses a broad spectrum of enterprise visibility challenges spanning application performance management (APM), business activity monitoring (BAM), and component-level infrastructure monitoring. RTView has also become the de facto standard for extending the visualization of TIBCO middleware, in-memory data grids, complex event processing (CEP) engines and custom applications. SL's exclusive focus on real-time visibility solutions, commitment to customer success, and partner-centric culture are why thousands of industry leaders have chosen to work with SL to support their most critical applications and businesses. SL Corporation can be reached at +1 415-927-8400 or on the web at www.sl.com.

About the Magic Quadrant The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted February 18, 2010, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1 Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring" by Will Cappelli, February 18, 2010.

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