Hyperic enhances open source management platform

Software will let customers track configuration, change and events across IT infrastructure and prevent downtime

Management software maker Hyperic this week made available a version of its open source platform that the company says will let customers track configuration, change and events across multiple layers of their IT infrastructure and prevent downtime.

Hyperic HQ 3.0 Open Source event analysis software, introduced at the LinuxWorld Open Solution Summit, now includes features that lets the software collect and report historical and real-time data from any log source, configuration file or security module. HQ 3.0 Open Source can correlate the event data against availability, utilization and performance metrics says Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic. The software monitors various platforms, including Tomcat, Citrix, Apache, Solaris, Windows and VMware.

Hyperic also updated its software with an operations dashboard that provides a centralized Web-based interface into the health of the entire infrastructure, Soltero says.

Hyperic HQ runs on a dedicated server and includes a built-in database. Customers deploy agents on all managed machines, and the agents report back to the server only when conditions have changed or an alert is necessary. The software delivers data and reports via a Web-based interface.

"Next-generation data centers are more complex, fast-moving and harder to manage. We included the ability to track events at the log level, monitor availability and follow overall behavior," Soltero says. "The dashboard enables two-way XML feeds so IT managers can collect data there from multiple sources," he adds. This version also includes a feature dubbed corrective control, which the company says enables IT managers to "describe and execute product-specific control actions" through HQ 3.0's operations dashboard.

Hyperic HQ started out as commercial software, which was a hybrid product -- part open source and part proprietary technologies. Hyperic was spun out of Covalent, which focused on the security and support needs of the Apache Web Server, and Hyperic took Covalent Application Manager and broadened its reach to include the ability to manage the entire Web and open source infrastructure stack, Soltero says. Last year, the vendor made available both open source and commercial versions, with the latter providing a few more features, including remote control and security log management.

Hyperic competes with traditional management software suites from BMC, CA, HP, and IBM, as well as products from fellow open source software makers GroundWork Open Source and Zenoss.

Hyperic HQ 3.0 Open Source software is free for download under the GNU General Public License here. Hyperic HQ 3.0 Enterprise Edition is expected to be released for general availability at the end of the first quarter.

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