Archive for December, 2009

The dates are set, the web site is up….Nfluence 2010

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

We’re a little slow on this one so please forgive us, we’ve got so much activity right now, everyone is running pretty fast.

But…the dates and venues are set for both our North American and European user conferences. They are:

San Francisco, April 6-8
London, April 20-22

We were thinking of going to Vegas, but you know, the Bay Area is our home and this way we can get more of our employees to participate. Plus…don’t you get bored of Vegas?

Also, we’ve brought the price down this year, trying to be conscious of our customer’s budgets. This is not a money making event for Nimsoft, it costs us a lot to put together so the registration fee is designed to offset part of our cost.

Anyhow, REGISTER HERE NOW!!!

This will be our largest event yet, some excellent sessions planned.

Wow IBM….you're doing better than HP at management. Congrats!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Noticed the following article today…

IBM Escalates Long-Standing War with HP – Posted by Michael Vizard Dec 8, 2009 2:14:55 PM

Trash talking between vendor isn’t all that new, but we rarely get to see a vendor convincingly back up those claims.

An internal memo penned by Al Zollar, IBM general manager for Tivoli Software, claims that IBM has displaced Hewlett-Packard software in 180 head-to-head engagements in the past year, contributing to a 240 percent increase in revenue for IBM’s Tivoli group. In contrast, Zollar points out that the HP Software group reported a 16 percent decline in revenue in the fourth quarter.

How funny is it that IBM still wish to perpetuate the myth that HP are their competition in management? Maybe we should ask Tivoli how many times that they have lost to vendors like Nimsoft in the last year and how many wins they have had?

But…that’s simply not a fair question.

It's amazing

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Heading to europe today.

Scrambled all day yesterday (my asst did) to change flights as I have an important customer meeting in SoCal today that just came up.

All set I thought but, just as taxi arrived to drop kids at school and me at airport, my son picked up his backpack and, week-old, disgusting, curdled lumpy milk fell all over his books and floor of the house.

Nice.

It's the weekend

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

England managed to get the USA in the same group in the world cup.

My daughter is in the Los Gatos Christmas parade today.

My son has his play-off jamboree at flag football tomorrow.

Need to think about Christmas shopping. Need to lose weight.

Heading to Europe on Tuesday

West Ham are playing Man Utd right now….need to go watch it

More M&A activity – Quest acquires PacketTrap

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Remember I posted a couple of weeks ago about other companies trying to emulate Nimsoft’s success with Managed Service Providers?

Well, one of those companies that I was referring to was in fact Quest Software (they mentioned it in their earnings release) and it looks like they decided to try and buy their way in to this space by acquiring PacketTrap.

No real change for us here at Nimsoft, we don’t compete with PacketTrap – they are a much lower end solution than Nimsoft but good to see a larger player like Quest validating the space.

Cool – good luck to everyone.

Wow….exactly what we're delivering

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Two quotes I saw this morning….

“Lack of Application Performance Monitoring is a major barrier to moving business-critical apps into the Cloud”
GARTNER

“Remote managed services have emerged as a rare growth area in an economy still struggling to right itself”
according to a report from analyst firm AMI Partners.

Gartner Says IT Organisations Will Spend More Money on Private Cloud Computing Investments Than on Offerings From Public Cloud Providers Through 2012

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

From their press release yesterday…..full release available here

Despite the economies of scale offered by public cloud providers, private cloud services will prevail for the foreseeable future while public cloud offerings mature, according to Gartner, Inc. Through 2012, IT organizations will spend more money on private cloud computing investments than on offerings from public cloud providers.

Gartner defines public cloud computing as a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies. Private cloud computing is defined as a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to internal customers using Internet technologies.

“The hype of cloud computing is that existing IT architectures and processes can be simply replaced by the cloud,” said Tom Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The reality of the future IT organization, however, is somewhat a combination. Larger enterprises will continue to have an IT organization that manages and deploys IT resources internally, some of which will be ‘private clouds.’ IT organizations will also take on IT service sourcing responsibility, determining when to leverage external providers, when to deploy internally, and when to leverage both for specific services.”

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Mr. Bittman highlighted the following three-point action plan for CIOs and infrastructure and operation leaders as they contemplate the future of cloud services in their organizations:

Now
- Experiment with the cloud and discover where it is already taking place in the enterprise
- Lead a cross-organization cloud initiative

Next 90 Days
- Use virtualization as a catalyst to drive IT modernization
- Portfolio your services
- Develop strategies for services and private cloud
- Identify new opportunities for the enterprise that are emerging due to cloud computing

Next 12 Months
- Develop an overall cloud computing strategy
- Build a dynamic sourcing organization

Did you see the announcement? Plus….2 more big customer wins yesterday!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Nimsoft provides standardized Enterprise IT Monitoring solution to Leading Financial Institution

Nimsoft supports the service oriented infrastructure (SOI) model at one of the world’s largest global banks

Redwood City, Calif. – December 1, 2009 – Nimsoft, a fast growing provider of IT performance and availability monitoring solutions, today announced that it will deliver its Nimsoft Monitoring Solution (NMS) for IT performance and availability monitoring to Deutsche Bank.

Nimsoft is one of the first major suppliers of monitoring software to meet the requirements of Deutsche Bank’s variable commercial Service Oriented Infrastructure (SOI) model. NMS is scalable enough to handle the company’s needs, while at the same time being extremely easy to use and deploy. Aligned to Deutsche Bank’s SOI model, Nimsoft monitoring and capacity capabilities will provide quality of service metrics via a bus architecture to the company’s central event and capacity management systems. These open systems in turn will provide detailed insight into the health and performance of the underlying infrastructure.

The flexible Nimsoft licensing model allows the Bank to take advantage of a pay-as-you-use principle. Overall the Bank will be able to achieve significant cost savings over the life of this agreement.

“During the evaluation process, we not only proved our ability to monitor the IT infrastructure, but also demonstrated unparalleled scalability, breadth of coverage, and quality of support,” said Gary Read, Nimsoft president and CEO. “Signing an agreement with a leading brand like Deutsche Bank is a tremendous validation, not only of our next-generation solutions, but the company and people that stand behind those solutions. Deutsche Bank has become the second of the world’s major Investment Banks to implement the Nimsoft monitoring solution.”

NMS represents next-generation offerings for monitoring the performance and availability of the entire IT infrastructure, both physical and virtualized. The Nimsoft Monitoring Solution is comprised of fully integrated event, performance and availability, end-user response, service level and business service monitoring. The deployment at Deutsche Bank will be focused on server subsystem/virtualization monitoring, however will also include application monitoring to cover infrastructure services such as email, web, messaging and application hosting.