Archive for June, 2008

Made me laugh…

Monday, June 30th, 2008

http://www.itskeptic.org/node/644

Some sleep?

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The days are long, the nights are short, the adrenalin is flowing, the office is buzzing, my family thinks I’m cranky – it must be end of quarter.

Business is going great, and as usual, many companies leave it until the last days of the quarter to make the commitment.

A quick check in salesforce reveals that there are still 67 transactions that are being forecast in the next 2 days. It’s this time of the quarter that I really think about our contracts and finance team – they have to stick around well into the evening just to ensure that all the business is booked, invoices issued and license keys cut – big thank you to them.

Better run, this Macbook air is getting some use!!!

It's my birthday

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

and….it’s end of quarter….oh what fun!

Got some great new customers coming on board – another Fortune 500 company just the other day committed to us for monitoring of their entire infrastructure. The VP left me a voicemail after the transaction completed letting me know what a pleasure Nimsoft was to do business with and how they are referring their other vendors to look at us because we are so customer friendly.

Also a State government just placed some substantial business with us. Presented yesterday to one of the hottest companies on the planet – customers love Nimsoft – is there any other company that can provide the scalability and functionality that we provide without the complexity and people costs of the big guys? (that’s a rhetorical question because the answer is no).

Not much sleep but fun

Congrats to John Varel at FusionStorm…

Friday, June 20th, 2008

….a big Nimsoft MSP partner. Named finalist for the Bay Area Entrepreneur of the Year (think about the competition in the Bay Area and you’ll know that is a special achievement).

John Varel, CEO of FusionStorm, Named Finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year? 2008 Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – June 20, 2008) – FusionStorm — “Making Technology Work” — an award-winning systems integrator and managed service provider, announced that John Varel, CEO and Founder of FusionStorm, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year? 2008 Award in Northern California. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. John Varel was selected as a finalist from over 90 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on 21st June at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

John has had a successful and colorful career as an entrepreneur that has spanned over 30 years. Prior to starting FusionStorm in 1994, he was co-founder of The Concorde Group, one of the largest resellers of Sun Microsystems refurbished hardware. He has also launched many successful syndications, including: Meris Laboratories, the largest physician owned clinical laboratory in the nation, and Zephyr Park, Ltd., one of the earliest wind-parks in Southern California.

Wham!

Friday, June 20th, 2008

OMG – I went to see George Michael last night and managed to beg, steal and borrow my way to front row seats.

Isn’t it amazing how, after 26 years of being in this business (and all of his other activities), he hasn’t lost a single hair and is still as polished as ever.

However, it did give me some hope when I saw that he had a teleprompter with all the words to his songs.

Overall the concert was amazing. I’ve never seen so many people (both guys and gals) blowing kisses at the same person.

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Pretenders

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Anyone considered using a low end product for a large implementation? I had occasion recently with 2 pretty large implementations to discuss this with them. On one of these implementations, they were excited about the lower end product until they realized that there was no distributed architecture. What does that mean? The maximum throughput you can put in to the product is what a single instance can handle – thus having a dramatically negative effect on scalability. If you want more then you put a whole separate instance in place – and they don’t talk to each other.

Nimsoft has a highly distributed architecture using a multi-tiered model. Hubs (they don’t have to be dedicated machines) can be put anywhere and all connect together. It’s firewall friendly (1 port, 1 direction), it’s encrypted, and it’s guaranteed delivery. We have customers running today on thousands and thousands of devices and we can do much more.

My advice to any buyer is to always test the scalability. I know it’s not easy to do in a lab environment, but you need to do it.

When do you most need a monitoring tool? When things are going wrong and events are flooding in.

When are non-scalable monitoring tools most likely to fail? Yep…you got it!

Success meets success – congratulations to Actelion

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Big kudos and congratulations for our customer Actelion in Switzerland. Their founder Jean-Paul Clozel has just been elected as “World Entrepreneur of the Year”.

As they say….success meets success….we are proud to be their vendor partner of choice.

Click Here for the press release

Travel!!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

In these days of heightened sensitivity to terrorism, if someone mentions that they’ve found a bomb at the airport then we automatically think the worst.

But, in London today, they discovered an unexploded World War II bomb near London City Airport (and near the site of the 2012 Olympics), which shut the airport and caused extreme delays (see below for BBC news).

How do I know this….because of course, a Nimsoft employee was on their way to the airport at the time. Fortunately there is more than one airport in London.

For me, red eye to NY tonight, then on to Texas and then on to Norway next week. Can someone buy me a private jet please….one that is as fuel efficient as my Prius!

Airport reopens after WWII bomb

Flights in and out of London City Airport have resumed after the discovery of a World War II bomb nearby halted services.

But passengers have been warned delays will continue into the evening.

The explosive was found in Stratford, east London, in the site for the 2012 London Olympics, on Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, thousands of Tube commuters were delayed when another World War II bomb was found by Bromley-by-Bow station in east London.

Earlier in the day an enforced air exclusion zone was set up and all flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted.

Passengers are asked to contact their airline for the latest travel information.