But not all the action has been about logging. The company has added new reporting and analysis tools to help users deal with the huge amount of information that Splunk captures — a user challenge that Baum now realizes his company underestimated. Although users always could load the log data to other tools for analysis, that’s proven to be an approach users don’t like. “IT people don’t want to load the data into OLAP or something so they can analyze it,” Baum says. The result: Splunk now does all that for you.
Sxip Interactive now provides identity management services for the Salesforce.com and Google Apps SaaS (software as a service) platforms, extending its reach from the previous focus on individual ASPs (application service providers). Sxip’s appliance-delivered technology integrates into existing enterprise identity management systems, such as ActiveDirectory, so IT no longer has to manage Salesforce.com or Google Apps identities separately. The company has also merged its Sxip Identity Management protocol into the open source OpenID effort to allow users to have a single identity that can be validated across multiple providers, such as government agencies, online retailers, and their employers. And Sxip is working with VeriSign to bring Microsoft’s Windows CardSpace identity manager into the fold. CEO Dick Hardt says that, as a result, Microsoft will support the Sxip/OpenID protocol in future products.
Zenprise has taken its technology for automating Microsoft Exchange troubleshooting into the mobile space, with similar a version that automatically troubleshoots BlackBerry Enterprise Server operations. (Zimbra likewise has extended its AJAX-based e-mail platform to support interaction with a variety of mobile devices.) The underlying troubleshooting technology can be applied to almost any datacenter systems’ interdependencies, such as issues with message queues, performance degradation, and configuration. For now, Zenprise is staying focused on network-related technologies such as Microsoft Exchange and BlackBerry Server. After all, the customers tend to be the same, making sales easier for a small company, notes Ahmed Datoo, vice president of marketing.
Not surprisingly, more than one of the companies we profiled in 2006 looked like tasty tidbits to some of the IT giants that roam the hills and dales of Silicon Valley, Route 128, and elsewhere looking for hot new technology.
EMC, through its VMWare subsidiary, bought Akimbi Systems, which had virtualization software that lets developers easily create virtual test bed environments, saving the labor and expense of traditional testing environments. Akimbi’s tool is now called VMWare Lab Manager. But it has lost its support for Microsoft and Xen virtual machines, making it a less interesting product than it used to be.