Sorry for the long delay between posts, between the Gartner Symposium and Data Center conferences I have been busy presenting and meeting with clients. I have been hard at work with several research items, look for upcoming research in the Network Performance Monitoring space, with a specific focus on VoIP and unified communications monitoring and management.
When building an architecture, and forward looking strategy for availability and performance monitoring selecting a strategic provider is often a good plan. This eliminates the need to do all of the integration and technology selection yourself, especially in areas with limited business value (normally associated with fault monitoring technologies). The research note I have published discusses these approaches, and also performs a rating of the vendors who provide these larger technology packages. In addition to those vendors I have included some of the growing or emerging vendors who are building a more complete vision of availability and performance monitoring. This research takes the following technology category types:
- IT Operations Analytics
- Capacity Planning
- OS monitoring (Windows and Unix)
- Network Fault
- Network Performance
- APM (End user experience monitoring, transaction mapping, and deep dive)
- Public Cloud
We then compared the product lists in terms of SaaS delivery capabilities, and the integration and ease of deployment.
We rated them with the following high level rankings: Strong, Competitive, Competitive in self-selected subset, Weak, and N/A
The following vendors were rated in these categories:
Big-4 : BMC, CA, HP, IBM
Technology Stack Providers: Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, Dell (Quest)
Best of breed : Compuware, EMC, Ipswitch, ManageEngine, Netscout, OPNET, SolarWinds
This research complements a similar but broader document my colleague Ronni Colville published a couple weeks prior : Shifts in ITOM Include New Key Players. She opted to include fewer vendors, but a much larger array of IT Operations Management technologies. The availability and performance monitoring research can be found here (sorry only Gartner clients) : Deploy a Multivendor Strategy for Availability and Performance Monitoring
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