Zenoss Unveils Open-Source Platform for MSPsBy Sharon Linsenbach | Posted 2008-03-20 Email Print
The open-source platform will allow service providers to offer customized infrastructure monitoring and management for SMBs.
Open-source network monitoring and management vendor Zenoss March 20 unveiled a new platform for managed service providers that will target small and midmarket customers.
sweet spot has traditionally been above the midmarket," said Bill Karpovich,
Karpovich said service providers are key to tapping the SMB market, since many function as the IT department for SMBs that cannot afford an in-house IT staff.
providers have really been aggressive adopters of open source," said Karpovich,
Zenoss software provides a core set of discovery, monitoring, troubleshooting and management tools that can monitor and manage entire IT infrastructures, including networks, servers and applications. On top of this core functionality, MSPs can create build-to-order add-ons based on customers' needs.
The ability to tailor the product is a key differentiator in a crowded market, said Karpovich. "The service provider market is becoming commoditized, and these folks are forced to compete for business based on price. Our open-source framework means service providers can compete based on other factors."
Service providers have the option to resell a private-label services offering or can co-brand their service with Zenoss. Karpovich added that service providers who develop custom code for a customer either can choose to contribute the code for those functionalities back to the open-source community or can choose to package their service offering as a proprietary offering.
Price is still an important factor, especially for service providers targeting small and midmarket customers. Karpovich said entry-level pricing for service providers is based on a "pay as you grow" model, whereby service providers only pay for the amount of services they actually use. Service providers set their own end-customer prices, in essence setting their own margins, he said.
Karpovich said Zenoss also understands that, for service providers, monitoring certain types of devices demands higher rates than others, and that service provider pricing is also determined based on the types of devices monitored.
Service providers' usage amounts are "trued up" each quarter to ensure they aren't over- or underpaying, and as service providers grow their business, they are eligible to receive volume discounts. All service providers have access to 24/7 support from Zenoss, said Karpovich.