Cloud Computing Management and Monitoring: 7 Emerging Vendors

If your company doesn't have visibility into its network, it's vulnerable to any number of problems.
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If you don’t have visibility into your network, you’re vulnerable. If you don’t know what devices are on the network, and which users have what privileges, you’re vulnerable.

Today, that means most organizations are vulnerable.

The state of IT today is one of limited visibility. Like an airliner flying through heavy clouds using only outdated, untrustworthy instruments, lack of insight and information can be catastrophic.

The cloud complicates this. As applications and infrastructure move beyond enterprise perimeters, it’s more and more difficult to know what’s running where, and if those resources are being used efficiently.

IT operations managers need a consolidated, unified view into all of this. Relying on legacy tools will only give limited snapshots, and in the cloud, this means taking service providers at their word.

Besides not having a good handle on risks, this status quo also means that enterprises constantly over-provisioning. The cost of over-provisioning is cheaper in the cloud compared to your own data center, but it’s definitely not ideal.

The following 7 emerging cloud management and monitoring vendors promise to help IT understand, monitor and manage their extended infrastructures, apps and users.


1. AppNeta

What problem do they solve? Cloud services and distributed networked applications (VoIP, video conferencing, apps delivered as services) are essential to business operations across a range of industries, but monitoring those applications can be burdensome, expensive and often ineffective. With a limited view of network performance, issues like slow connectivity, dropped calls, and stalled screens can bring day-to-day business to a screeching halt.

What they do: AppNeta’s cloud-based network performance management is a zero-administration solution that provides insight into internal networks and beyond to third-party networks from the perspective of a remote office, rather than the data center.

AppNeta provides real-time oversight of the network and individual applications – gathering insight into bandwidth use, application performance, and assisting in troubleshooting and identifying and preventing potential failures. The interface is easy to understand, and displays metrics and data in a variety of views, so that end-users don’t have to learn additional programs, software, or syntax.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: AppNeta recently secured $6.2 million in VC funding from Bain Capital, Egan Managed Capital, JMI Equity and BDBC. In their first year of service, AppNeta has grown to more than 1,000 customers worldwide, comprised of enterprise network managers and managed service providers.

AppNeta is headed by CEO Jim Melvin, who previously served as VP of marketing and security solutions at RSA, the security division of EMC.


2. FieldView Solutions

What problem do they solve? Pretty much every industry of every size is constrained by tight budgets these days. The cost of running a dedicated data center not only cuts into finances, but also requires space, IT operations management teams, and support resources. And with an increased focus on sustainability, more businesses are looking for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) that won’t risk their LEED certification status. Those managing the infrastructure need to know how to plan for space, cooling, and energy capacity in addition to traditional IT operations management duties.

What they do: FieldView’s DCIM creates a dynamic representation of the infrastructure – both physical and logical assets – in order to monitor and analyze performance and energy use. FieldView’s dashboards feature built-in screens and metrics that help data mangers better utilize their space and their existing and future assets (regardless of vendor), all while efficiently consolidating servers.

FieldView’s DCIM tools also incorporate functionalities of Building Management Systems and Electrical Power Monitor Systems – all of which can help users plan and maintain compliance with energy standards while securing the entire workspace.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: According to FieldView, over the past decade, data center electric consumption has grown by over 10% per year, and today accounts for 3% of the total electric production of the United States.

With energy costs ever increasing, companies are concerned about the environmental impact and carbon footprint of data centers. Meanwhile, ever more complicated and stringent industry standards and possible new government regulations make managing data-center energy a necessity. Data center operators need a solution to not only manage day-to-day operations, but also to achieve long-term sustainability goals.

Last year Gartner predicted a 60 percent market penetration of DCIM by 2014, driven by increased power and heat density, data center consolidation, virtualization and cloud computing.

FieldView hopes to cash in on that DCIM market. The company is backed by SJF Ventures, Osage Partners and Milestone Venture partners, which funded a $2 million Series A round in 2009.


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