Pretty much everyone I know in the channel agrees that cloud services will play SOME role for at least part of their customers’ computing needs. The good news for IT solution providers is that there is still plenty of work for them to do in terms of integration and management services. The bad news, as more and more companies are discovering, is that the management challenges associated with monitoring and optimizing and tuning cloud infrastructure in conjunction with internal IT infrastructure are not trivial.
That’s where companies such as Nimsoft are hoping to play a role, offering an alternative to technologies from the likes of BMC, CA, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
Nimsoft has developed what it calls Unified Monitoring solutions, which let businesses keep tabs on both virtualized infrastructure AND hosted services (including SaaS applications) that they might be using. The platform include APIs that let solution providers custom-extend the platform, if necessary. Nimsoft is also beta-testing a portal (unifiedmonitoring.com) that provides status feeds for many leading cloud and SaaS providers.
Here’s some perspective from an Nimsoft customer, Dave Potter, who is director of IT infrastructure for Casual Male (per one of their press releases):
“As Casual Male evolves its IT service delivery platforms, we need a solution that will growth with us. We initially selected Nimsoft because of its robust and easy-to-deploy support of our virtualized VMware infrastructure. Now as we consider new applications and services, we have to look at outsourced options such as SaaS and cloud, and it’s great to know that with the Nimsoft Unified Monitoring strategy, IT can enable these choices for the business without any new investment in monitoring products.”
Another reason you should take note of Nimsoft is the fact that the company appears to be very channel-friendly. It recently announced an alliance program to encourage service providers and VARs to use its technology. Among the early members are the Ingram Micro Seismic division, Alvaka, Atrion and FusionStorm (to name just a few). The company also has ties to notable IT service management platforms including Autotask and ConnectWise. Here’s a link to more about the program, where you can find a link to all the members.
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