Cloud Computing Management and Monitoring: 7 Emerging Vendors: Page 2

If your company doesn't have visibility into its network, it's vulnerable to any number of problems.
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3. Gigamon

What problem do they solve? An increase in the volume and complexity of data makes it increasingly difficult for network operators to maintain data visibility for network monitoring and security tools. Without a comprehensive monitoring of these networks, enterprises are vulnerable to data breaches, failures in compliance, and compromised reliability for end-users.

All of these factors can put IT in the stressful position of reacting to threat after threat instead of proactively monitoring and anticipating potential problem areas.

What they do: Gigamon’s GigaVUE-HD8 appliance is a high-density intelligent data access switch, which provides network visibility and data access in high-density environments. Network traffic is replicated and filtered to monitoring and security tools, at full line-rate speeds. The data filtering architecture alleviates the burden on other tools and resources.

This helps customers gain insight into how their networks are functioning under normal conditions, and helps businesses adopt a proactive stance to managing and monitoring their network performance.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: In 2010, Gigamon received $22.8 million in Series A funding from Highland Capital Partners. High-profile customers include MasterCard, Comcast, Intel and Cisco. According to the company, Gigamon has been profitable since 2006 and continues to expand roughly 50% each year.


4. Network Instruments

What problem do they solve? How does a company maintain the visibility into applications that were once housed entirely on-site? And how does any organization assure customers that performance will rival previous service? If issues arise, how do you pinpoint the origin of the problem? Not knowing can leave organizations of all sizes with a gap in confidence and a lack of performance assurance for clients.

What they do: Network Instruments provides a network and application monitoring platform that fully integrates views of performance so that administrators can see comparative views of applications, networks, and the entire infrastructure to find pain points or indications of potential problems. Network Instruments measures performance from the end-user on through to the cloud provider.

Network Instrument’s performance management platform allows IT operations managers to isolate issues as soon as they arise, investigating and remedying the cause before critical losses occur. IT teams can track performance and availability in real time or retrospectively, and they can also compare the performance of internally hosted services to those from service providers.

Fully customizable online reports help IT pros provide proof of issues to vendors, ISPs, or cloud providers for smoother remediation. Their system also allows IT teams to run network tests and input synthetic transactions to test the network or its components.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: Well, they’re not. Network Instruments has been around since 1994. Recently, though, the company realized that they had to roll the cloud into their monitoring and management solutions or they would risk being obsolete soon.

This explains why they’re in this roundup. Incumbents giving lip service to today’s major trends – virtualization, cloud, mobile – risk being passed by newer, hungrier, more up-to-date competitors. Incumbents who aggressively move into these new spaces, and roll new services into existing products, however, are well positioned to not just survive but thrive.

For Network Instruments, the shift is paying off. The fact that they can help cloud consumers enforce SLAs helps CIOs justify moving critical assets to the cloud, since they know they can ensure acceptable performance levels.

Seventy of the Global Fortune 100 Companies use Network Instruments’ products. Customers include leading names in Aerospace, Automotive, Banking, Communications, Computing, Education, Government, Retail and more.


5. ScienceLogic

What problem do they solve? Whether an IT service is deployed in the data center, a public cloud, or in a hybrid cloud, IT operations should be actively aware of service availability and performance. However, this is difficult to accomplish using traditional management tools. Some managers may piece together various proprietary tools to attempt to get a holistic view of infrastructures, but those views can often leave critical gaps, overlooking critical inefficiencies that can impact performance.

What they do: ScienceLogic EM7 brings performance monitoring, fault detection, availability, asset management, service desk functions, automation and event management under one cohesive platform that not only gives visibility into, but that can also help manage all applications and components regardless of their location on the network. Deployed via an appliance model with a centralized data repository, unified code base, and a dynamic discovery process, ScienceLogic’s EM7 is designed to work immediately out of the box, instead of taking months or longer to reach full operational value.

To support multi-tenancy, ScienceLogic provides high-level granular data, such as service levels and availability, performance levels, ticket queues and bandwidth usage for billing and analysis. Service providers can efficiently add services across virtual and cloud resources, and customize and brand them – without integrating multiple management tools. Finally, an intelligent service-level view allows tracking and analyzing resources as they are reallocated, reassessing each component as it relates to overall service delivery.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: Last year venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates invested $15 million in ScienceLogic specifically to accelerate the company’s growth in cloud management. More than 150 organizations, including Cisco, Hughes Networks, Navy Knowledge Online, Department of Treasury and Fasthosts, use ScienceLogic EM7.


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