Cloud Computing Management and Monitoring: 7 Emerging Vendors: Page 3

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6. Zeus Technology

What problem do they solve? A recent Zeus-commissioned survey by Vanson Bourne revealed that 82% of U.S. businesses struggle to manage web performance due to increasingly complex data center environments.

The possibility of suffering downtime while migrating from a physical infrastructure to the cloud can be especially daunting for companies whose revenue depends on the web or online services. With latency, let alone downtime, a company risks its reputation, its revenue and its ability to generate revenue.

What they do: The Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (ZXTM) is a pure-software application delivery platform that accelerates web-based applications and websites by offloading CPU-intensive work.

Since working in the cloud requires more flexibility, the ZXTM auto-scales to adjust virtual and cloud capacity based on peaks in demand, enabling companies to divert capacity to the cloud when physical data center servers become overloaded, and automatically scale back when the need decreases, eliminating over-provisioning costs. In addition to maximizing speed and availability, the ZXTM also works to ensure acceptable levels of security, performance, and fault management, so that customers have consistently high quality interactions on the web.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: Website latency is a killer for e-commerce. In fact, for a large site like Amazon, every 100 ms of latency costs Amazon 1 percent in sales, according to Greg Linden, a former Amazon.com software engineer.

Similarly, Aberdeen Group recently reported that a one-second delay in page load time equates to a 16 percent decrease in customer satisfaction and an 11 percent decrease in overall page views. Aberdeen also found that such decreases in page views negatively impacts revenues by an average of $117 million annually.

Without traffic management technology, it’s clear that companies risk a lot when it comes to downtime and latency. Zeus is well positioned to take advantage of this problem and has an impressive client roster that includes Whitepages.com, Gilt Groupe, Domino's Pizza and the BBC. Moreover, a number of cloud providers, including Amazon, Rackspace and Joyent, all use Zeus and also offer Zeus Traffic Manager as value-added service for their customers.


7. Zenoss

What problem do they solve? Having visibility into the inner workings of the cloud not only helps organizations gain the trust of customers, but it also helps prevent costly downtime by pinpointing bottlenecks and assisting in the allocation of future resources. The problem is that the complexity of cloud infrastructure has been abstracted into new layers that need to be monitored and managed within a larger dynamic infrastructure, regardless of who owns the physical assets themselves.

What they do: Built for the cloud, Zenoss is an IT monitoring platform that uses a dynamic model to monitor and maintain dependencies across physical, virtual, and storage devices, providing visual representations of infrastructures that is actionable and up to date.

Customers see the current state of their dynamic environments and are able to rapidly determine when an event may impact services. The monitoring platform also offers event correlation and root cause analysis, infrastructure visualization, operational reporting, and advanced analytics.

Why they’re an up-and-comer: In 2010, Zenoss received a new round of $4.8 million in VC funding. Customers include Rackspace, VMware, LinkedIn, Deutsche Bank, Motorola and others.

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