Nimsoft Extends Partner Program to Developers, Solution Providers

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Managed services platform provider Nimsoft is formalizing its partner program and extending it beyond service providers to also include solution providers and technology development partners.

Unified monitoring vendor Nimsoft has expanded its channel partner program to formally include two new types of partners beyond its standard managed service provider partners.

Nimsoft’s announcement today follows the company’s news from last month that it has created monitoring integrations with four major players in the managed services and SAAS space—Google Apps for Business, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and EC2, and Salesforce.com.

Nimsoft is extending its partner program beyond its Service Provider Partners, which deliver managed services, hosted and cloud-based services to two new partner types—Solution Partners and Technology Development Partners.

The goals are to deliver more complete solutions to end customers and to continue to grow the ecosystem around Nimsoft, says Ken Rutsky, director of Unified Monitoring Programs at Nimsoft.

"We have feet in the data center as well as the outsourced environment," says Rutsky. "You have to have a partner to do that."

Solution Partners are ISVs and SAAS providers that extend Nimsoft’s solution with complementary IT service management solutions, the company says. Those include net-flow traffic capture, service desk and IT infrastructure library management databases. Charter members include Acentix, Attention Soft, AutoTask, BigFix, ConnectWise, geoXMF, Plixer, Sanfir, Service-Now, Sensatronics, Shavlik, Stratavia, VaultLogix and Wendia.

Technology Development Partners are those who build data collection probes to extend the types of objects NMS monitors from nonstandard databases to ERP applications to geo-based location services, according to Nimsoft. Partners of this type pay a fee to Nimsoft and then resell their solutions to end customers. Charter members in this partner group include InTeliNet and Agentil.

Nimsoft’s Service Provider Partners include CDW, FusionStorm, Ingram Micro’s Seismic Division and Rackspace Hosting, among others.

The move comes at a time when more businesses are seriously looking at the benefits of managed services and software as a service (SAAS) as a way to reduce capital costs and transition IT expenses into operational costs.

"A lot of change is going on," Nimsoft CEO Gary Read tells Channel Insider. "Recession forces end users to look at how they can drive cost out of their computing environments. I think we will start to see more and more business flowing through service providers."

Read says that in the years to come customers are likely to rely on internal resources combined with services provided by external providers.

"Customers will need to be able to monitor and manage that, irrespective of who’s providing them," says Read.

To support the Technology Development partners, Nimsoft has created a set of APIs and an SDK.

The company is offering a partner portal and is making support services available to its new partners.


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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