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The Mighty Two (Part One)

By John | February 4, 2008

About a year ago, Coté started a discussion regarding the “Big Four vs. Little Four.” A few months later, Gartner picked up on this  idea and created a $495 white paper on the same subject. Coté’s free blog put a stake in the ground highlighting a new market segment in ESM. Fast forward a year later, and the field has normalized, and IMO, we are left with two solid players. Two of the little guys, Hyperic and Zenoss, are no longer that little, and the battle grounds look more like “The Mighty Two vs. The Big Four.” In this first part, I am going to discuss some of the advancements that Hyperic has made over the last year.


Back in October 2007, I did a podcast with Javier Soltero, the CEO of Hyperic, and I made the mistake of calling Hyperic one of the Little Fours. Javier told me in no uncertain terms that nothing little was going on at Hyperic. I immediately had flashbacks of starting my own software company years ago. I realized how frustrating it must sound to someone who has gone through the pains of starting his own company. Since then, I have tried to remove the “Little Four” phrase from my lexicon. Hyperic has made a lot of progress in the last year, and, IMO, it has set itself apart from the aforementioned little group.

Hyperic recently announced its latest release of HQ (HQ 3.2). Hyperic has really distinguished itself as a true player in the ESM space. I was given my first press briefing on the product by Javier, and I found some interesting additions in this release. I have not had a chance to use the current release yet, so these observations are based on the briefing only.

There were also a lot of intuitive little features that made sense to an old ESM dog like myself. Overall, Hyperic is making all the right moves to position itself as an enterprise player. It has very impressive partners in the application space, giving it an edge over other players in this space. It probably also doesn’t hurt that one of Hyperic’s investors is the “Hanna Montana” of the open source VC community (Benhmark Capital). Lastly, something that is probably less important to most investors but most important to me, I I like these guys.

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7 Responses to “The Mighty Two (Part One)”

  1. People Over Process » links for 2008-02-09 Says:
    February 9th, 2008 at 2:18 am

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  2. Red Hat and Hyperic Launch an New Open Source Project - RHQ | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    February 14th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    [...] few weeks back I did my first press briefing ever with Hyperic. Blogging is a strange gig and it brings you to unexpected places. Anyway, it was kind of fun [...]

  3. Benchmark and Benioff Put $6.5 Million Into Zuora to Create a Salesforce for Online Billing | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    March 14th, 2008 at 3:12 am

    [...] just sounds like a good idea.  Benchmark, I have called them the Hanna Montana of VCs is teaming up with Mr. Midas touch to create a great new concept for an SaaS.   Sounds good to [...]

  4. The Mighty Two - Zenoss | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    April 21st, 2008 at 11:12 am

    [...] OSS ESM vendors is how “enterprisey” are they looking under the hood. In my previous Hyperic article I praised them for starting to look more like an enterprise software product. What I am [...]

  5. joselu Says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Haven’t you heard about Osmius?

    Osmius is a Open Source Monitoring Tool prepared to monitor almost anything connected to a network. They have an Agent Development Framework, and the engine is build in C++ over ACE (so is real multiplatform and very, vaery fast).
    The business view is already integrated using SLA and services in an easy way to understand.

    There’s a lot of work to do (we started with the real development a year ago) and it would be nice to receive your impressions and improvements.

  6. John Says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I will check it out.


  7. Nali Says:
    October 15th, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Where’s Part Two?