Archive for October, 2010

From the World Series to Justin Bieber

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Last night was amazing. Tonight I have the pleasure of taking my 10 year old daughter to the Justin Bieber concert at HP Pavillion.

She is soooo excited, me….a little less so.

Is it bad form to listen to the Baseball on headphones at the concert. I heard Bose had some good ones :)

San Francisco is Orange and Black and Buzzing

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Game 1 this afternoon. My first World Series experience.

Personally I’m 0-2 in the playoff games I’ve been to this season.

1-2 after today.

Did you listen to CA earnings call yesterday?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Nice mention by Bill McCracken on Nimsoft customers:

Netflix

Sungard

Thales

and….VCE company Acadia

Too cool!

MTI launches new cloud-based and managed services

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

MTI Cloud and MTI Care powered by EMC Atmos and Nimsoft, respectively

GODALMING, UK, OCTOBER 20, 2010: MTI, the specialist cloud infrastructure consultancy and qualified member of the Vblock™ partner ecosystem for VCE, a coalition of Cisco, EMC, and VMware, today announces the launch of two new service offerings: MTI Cloud and MTI Care.

MTI Care provides for the remote monitoring, alerting and analysis of client infrastructure, enabling early notification of potential problems and the ability to address those problems without impacting client business. MTI Care’s service offering utilises the Nimsoft Monitoring System (NMS). MTI Care will be available for the remote monitoring of clients’ virtualised environments, servers, operating systems, networks, storage, back-up and VblockTM Infrastructure Packages.

See the full release at their web site www.mti.com

So totally cool….

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

You have GOT to check this out, what these guys have done is so cool

http://www.softlayer.com/services/monitoring/

First Pam now Cindy

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Just had lunch at a run of mill Mexican in Malibu and Cindy Crawford and husband 3 tables away.

Striking.

Nice article in The451 today

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Nimsoft adds Vblock support, pay-as-you-go plan

Analyst: Dennis Callaghan
Date: 12 Oct 2010

Nimsoft continues to make aggressive moves from within CA Technologies, adding support for Vblock infrastructure, power management and new public cloud environments, while offering usage metering that will drive a pay-as-you-go, consumption-based pricing model. Many of these new features should be especially popular with the vendor’s large and growing service-provider customer base.
The 451 take
When it acquired Nimsoft in March, CA promised to give it a fair amount of autonomy as its midmarket and service-provider business unit. That promise has been kept in the first six months after the deal as Nimsoft continues to make aggressive moves for new features, platform support and pricing models that are keeping it a step ahead of the competition. For things like Vblock support and consumption-based pricing, Nimsoft may be a bit ahead of market demand, but it’s a gamble that should pay off for a company that sells heavily into service providers. In any case, it seems clear that innovation and aggressive channel and product marketing will continue to be hallmarks of Nimsoft’s business strategy going forward.


Nimsoft has remained active in new technology developments and even pricing models since its sale to CA <
http://www.the451group.com/report_view/report_view.php?entity_id=61797> . First came the April release of the Nimsoft On Demand IT management SaaS offering. In June came a portal interface, support for power monitoring, plus more cloud-monitoring support including Google Apps and AppEngine and Rackspace Cloud Servers and Cloud Files integrated with the Limelight content delivery network.

July brought usage metering that reports on actual usage to facilitate a pay-as-you-go business model across product lines so that Nimsoft can manage customers’ elastic cloud and virtualized workloads. This included support for usage metering, elastic portlets and unified service dashboards so that service monitoring could be deployed in conjunction with the actual services being used and taken down just as easily. These capabilities were targeted mostly to service providers as well as enterprises building private clouds.

Then late last month, Nimsoft announced monitoring support for Vblock Infrastructure Packages, a private cloud-building technology that consists of integrated infrastructure from Cisco Systems (networking), EMC (storage) and VMware (hypervisor). Nimsoft has created new Vblock probes that are available as an option for both its Nimsoft Monitoring Solution and Nimsoft On Demand offerings.

Nimsoft’s Vblock monitoring includes auto-discovery of Vblock topology, automatic configuration and pre-built Vblock-specific display templates; integrated monitoring of Vblock resources with other cloud and/or traditional resources in the IT environment; problem notification, intelligent event correlation, automated recovery actions and full SLA reporting; optimized Vblock resource allocation with automatic notification of free or underutilized resources and overuse of available network, CPU or disk capacity; and usage reporting to help quantify the value of the Vblock investment.

Nimsoft has more than 1,000 customers. Two customers are already using the Vblocks technology, both with Nimsoft On Demand, with two more soon to deploy.
Competition

Nimsoft is the first company we know of to announce monitoring support for Vblock infrastructure. Only EMC’s Ionix supports Vblock management otherwise, but this is more for provisioning and automation. Still, it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine that performance-monitoring software vendors with strong performance management support for VMware and tight integration with VMware’s vCenter, including Uptime Software, ScienceLogic, eG Innovations, Akorri and BlueStripe Software, will continue to be competitive alternatives to Nimsoft. However, Nimsoft should continue to have an edge against all of these players in the service-provider space, which is where this latest release will be deployed the most.

Nimsoft On Demand is mostly vying against offerings from IT management SaaS startups like Monitis, Absolute Performance Inc, AppDynamics and Cloudkick. But it is breaking some new ground in extending from performance management into power management and usage metering, the latter enabling Nimsoft to offer a pay-as-you-go consumption model rather than the standard per-server or per-month subscription fee common in IT management. We do expect, however, that these consumption-based models will take hold for SaaS and public cloud environments and in turn for the SaaS offerings that manage them.

Sungard, Fusion Storm, Tier1 Research and Nimsoft….all about Vblock

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Join these industry leaders for a webinar…

Why Vblock? Tier1 Research & Vblock Customers Explain

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 8:00 am Pacific Time (11:00 am Eastern Time, 4:00 pm UK Time, 5:00 pm Central Europe Time)

Rob Walters, VP, Product Management, SunGard and Vince Conroy, CTO, FusionStorm discuss their Vblock implementations and what they expect to gain from the Vblock infrastructure.

Doug Toombs, Senior Analyst, Tier1 Research provides an overview of where Vblock fits in an overall IT strategy.

Here’s the link for the webcast registration:

https://nimsoftevents.webex.com/nimsoftevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=920310310

Nimsoft administrator required

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Take a look if you are interested, this is a very exciting Nimsoft customer

http://www.emc-careers.com/san-jose/other/jobid955490-acadia-nimsoft-monitoring-solution-administrator-jobs

At Giants game

Friday, October 8th, 2010

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Nice.