Nimsoft Beefs Up Monitoring Technology

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IT performance and monitoring vendor Nimsoft is now offering a much more scalable version of its flagship product Nimbus, plus new support for the infrastructure within the LAMP stack.

About a quarter of Redwood City, Calif.-based Nimsoft's customers are MSPs (managed services providers) who use Nimsoft's service-level monitoring software to help manage and monitor clients' software. The rest are enterprises who use the technology to monitor their own infrastructure.

"Because of our movement into serving larger enterprise and larger MSPs we've had to reengineer our Nimbus server," said Ken Vanderweel, director of product marketing. "Now the database can handle a tenfold increase in database inserts, which translates into higher volume devices under management. We've also improved scalability through our tiered architecture."

The new release is designed to support real-time measurement of high-volume, high-transaction IT infrastructures, company officials said.

The new scalability came as welcome news to MSPs that rely on the platform to serve their end customers.

"If we stop saving data to our database for an hour it takes time to catch up, and in that time we are displaying data that is an hour old," said Keith Krupke, lead monitoring and management engineer at Berbee, a services-oriented solution provider and MSP that is now part of CDW. That lag time was not acceptable to Berbee and its customers.

"Now that is much faster than before because of the improved scalability." Krupke said.

The scalability improvement was so important to Berbee and its customers—many of them retailers preparing for the frenzied holiday shopping season—that the company participated in the beta program for the upgraded technology so that it could deploy the more scalable version sooner, Krupke said.

In addition, Nimbus now provides monitoring and management support for the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Python/Perl) stack and offers customers the ability to centrally manage and monitor the Web and J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) application servers: JBoss, IBM WebSphere Application Server, Sybase EAServer and BEA WebLogic.

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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