A 3D modeler of your infrastructure, do you really want to see what your IT systems looks like

GigaOm has a press release on its Structure 2011 LaunchPad finalist.

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced the finalists of Structure 2011 LaunchPad, a high-profile competition that recognizes the most promising cloud computing and infrastructure startups. From publicly submitted entries, 11 early-stage companies were
chosen by a panel of expert judges and GigaOM editorial staff based on their product innovation and visionary business models.

One company on the list is Real-Status, a 3D enterprise infrastructure modeling tool.


I'll get a chance to see more when I am at Structure, but one thing that I see as a problem is their product HyperGlance is at the mercy of what information exists in the enterprise IT systems.

HyperGlance is the world`s first real-time IT modelling and visualisation software in 3D.  It allows you to view your entire IT infrastructure on one pane of glass - bridging the gap between physical and virtual worlds. This enables you to make faster, and better informed decisions to reduce server degradation, improve capacity planning and utilisation, communicate more effectively to non-IT staff, ensure compliance and improve security.

HyperGlance creates a model of your complete infrastructure in 3D showing the relationships between physical and virtual worlds.  It automatically incorporates topology changes using a physics engine, and it can aggregate data from your existing IT management tools to visualise performance metrics and attributes relating to applications, networks, security, virtual machines and more.

If you haven't designed your systems to work with a 3D modeling system, do you think you are going to end up with pretty pictures like this?

Or will you end up with images that are hard to comprehend?

I've had some good friends at Apple and Adobe who worked on 3D systems and getting user interface design to work for 3D systems is really, really hard.