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November 10, 2010  10:41 PM

Cfengine rolls out Nova 2.0, pushes users toward commercial offering



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
cfengine, DataCenter, open source, Systems Management

The commercial entity behind Cfengine, a popular open source data center automation and configuration tool, recently rolled out a new version of its proprietary offering Cfengine Nova 2.0. Cfengine has been around since the early 1990s, and boasts some...

October 15, 2010  5:16 PM

BMC improves inline software upgrade process, rolls out Control M v7



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
BMC, DataCenter, Systems Management

BMC recently released a new version of its job scheduler, Control-M 7, with new features to help manage IT workloads in the cloud. The software has come a long way from prioritizing and scheduling batch computing jobs on...


June 24, 2010  7:07 PM

Service-Now, Nimsoft update systems management tools



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
Nimsoft, Service-Now.com, Systems Management

IT Service Management via SaaS vendor Service-Now.com rolled out a new version of its ITSM suite. The Spring 2010 release included six new applications: service portfolio management, IT cost management, project management, field services, and shared...


June 3, 2009  10:22 PM

New open source IT management tool: Lighter-weight than Nagios, more granular than Cacti



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
Data Center, Hyperic, Nagios, open source, Reconnoiter, Systems Management

Theo Schlossnagle, CEO and founder of managed services and hosting provider OmniTI, hopes to solve some of the common complaints with open source systems management tools with his company’s new tool Reconnoiter. OmniTI manages 15 data...


March 20, 2009  3:27 PM

Is open source affiliation keeping upstart systems management tools out of the enterprise?



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
Data Center, Hyperic, open source, Solar Winds, Systems Management

According to IT management blogger John M. Willis, upstart systems management vendors like Zenoss and Hyperic need to tone down their open source rhetoric and take a page from their...


January 20, 2009  6:24 AM

Will Facebook-style features increase value and accuracy in CMDBs?



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
CMDB, Data Center, Facebook, Managed Objects, myCMDB, Novell, Systems Management

The value of a configuration management database (CMDB) is proportionally dependent on the level of involvement from the IT staff using the tool. Two of the biggest challenges of a successful CMDB...


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