"The site will be completely vendor agnostic. It was created to promote existing projects and inspire future ones," Spalding says. "GroundWork organized this in the spirit of open source, and we know IT administrators know the tools they want to see and we welcome that input to help spawn new projects."
Spalding says the site has about 65 active beta users at this time and intends to add a governance board to ensure the site’s neutrality. Analysts are hopeful the site will provide open source advocates with a focused forum on IT management and monitoring, but still believe the success of the site could rest on whether IT administrators and end users find it useful.
"It may be possible to create a community of developers -- but to include membership and participation from IT administrators and end-users is more challenging," Lyman adds. "MonitoringForge.org comes at a time when we are seeing a trend toward greater cross-collaboration in open source software, which bodes well for its future. This is a fast-moving, fast-changing area of software and IT administration, so this type of community could help to deliver more continuity for users and customers."