MSP Today Expert Feature
July 12, 2014

Managed Service Provider Week in Review

The managed services realm was busy this week, with an acquisition and several solution announcements topping the headlines. A new survey also indicated that cloud initiatives were a priority for overall network infrastructure spending, which bodes well for service providers and the “as-a-service” model in general.

In acquisition news, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider ServiceNow purchased Israeli startup Neebula in a $100 million deal. The company is using Neebula’s technology to power its ServiceWatch offering, which monitors the health of IT networks from the top down, handling everything from email systems and databases to applications. Since its inception in 2012, ServiceNow’s stock has jumped from $18 to $56.46 per share.

A new survey from Infonetics (News - Alert) shows that cloud spending is at the top of enterprise networking budgets for the coming year, with a 19 percent increase in spending expected. Enterprises are also increasing their Wireless LAN budgets as well as investing in branch offices and their associated equipment as they grow and expand. The average spending on networking equipment last year hit $1.1 million, according to the survey.

Anturis upgraded their Java application monitoring solution by rolling out the Anturis 2.0 solution. The new version features Anturis Java Virtual Machine (JVM) monitoring along with support for Parallels Plesk Uptime monitoring features. The JVM monitoring enables users to stay on top of all memory usage, threads and classes to maintain optimal performance.

Arrow Electronics (News - Alert) beefed up their channel this week, teaming up with TriCore Solutions. TriCore specializes in application management solutions and is offering hosted Oracle (News - Alert) EBS services through ArrowSphere’s channel marketplace. The services are geared toward North American MSPs, who will get the opportunity to resell them on a standalone basis or as a package bundled with other services available through ArrowSphere.

In federal government news, ScienceLogic (News - Alert) has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for its end-to-end IT infrastructure monitoring solutions. Government agencies now have the option of purchasing the company’s products since they have been named to the Unified Capability Approved Products List by the DoD. The designation is given to products that meet the department’s strict standards for security and interoperability.