Zenoss Launches Version 1.0 Python-based IT Monitoring Product
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Mon Nov 20 20:20:28 CET 2006
Zenoss Launches Core 1.0 Product
Breakthrough Solution Sets New Standard for Open Source IT Monitoring
Annapolis, MD — November 14, 2006 — Zenoss, Inc., a leading provider
of enterprise network and systems monitoring software, today
announced the availability of Zenoss Core version 1.0. Zenoss Core
is an integrated IT monitoring product that allows IT administrators
to manage the status and health of their entire infrastructures
through a single web-based console. As a free, open source software
product, Zenoss provides organizations world-wide with a new
alternative for enterprise-grade IT monitoring that is substantially
less expensive and easier to deploy than traditional solutions.
“Zenoss Core has been downloaded more than 50,000 times in the last
120 days; many organizations rely on the product every day to monitor
their mission critical IT infrastructure,” said Bill Karpovich, CEO
and Co-Founder of Zenoss, Inc. “The solution has already been proven
in demanding environments and today we’re launching it for mainstream
Zenoss is focused on helping medium-sized organizations more
effectively manage their rapidly growing IT infrastructures. Zenoss
Core provides these organizations with the rich, integrated
functionality previously available only through proprietary solutions
that were too expensive and complex.
“Systems Management 2.0 companies, like Zenoss, are lowering the
barriers to entry for systems management,” said RedMonk analyst
Michael Coté. “These companies and projects are typically
characterized by open source development and an overall, positive
simplification of the systems management space especially for the mid-
“We looked at several alternatives—including the large enterprise
suites—and narrowed the selection down to BMC and Zenoss,” said Jim
Stalder, CIO of Mercy Medical Services in Baltimore, MD. “Zenoss was
the best choice in terms of ease-of-deployment and price. With
Zenoss, we have improved our responsiveness and availability, and we
are saving 80% over the cost of a proprietary solution.”
Zenoss monitors the entire infrastructure including network devices,
server hardware, operating systems, applications, software versions,
and environmental controls. Zenoss Core 1.0 builds significant
advancements in scalability, a richer user interface, and a high
level of stability on top of the Zenoss Core features. The key
features of Zenoss include:
Cross-Layer Monitoring–Inventory and Configuration Model: Zenoss
populates (using auto-discovery) and maintains a complete database of
the IT infrastructure, including configuration details, dependencies,
and logical views.
Availability Monitoring: End-to-end, active testing of
infrastructure elements and application services, including process
monitoring, simple ping tests, and more sophisticated “synthetic
Performance Monitoring: Zenoss tracks and graphs over time a
virtually unlimited set of performance metrics across all
infrastructure components. Alerts are generated when Zenoss detects
breaches of end-user thresholds.
Event Management: Zenoss collects events and alarms from throughout
the infrastructure into a central repository where they are
correlated, prioritized, and archived for historical analysis. Rules
are configured by end users to generate pages and/or emails as
matching conditions are discovered.
Zenoss 1.0 also includes many new features that augment the Zenoss
Remote Management: Securely manage remote servers through the use
of Zen Plug-ins.
Sophisticated Alerting: Version 1.0 offers a complex alerting
faculty that enables alerts to be sent to pagers or email and can
even adhere to an “on call” schedule.
Automated Update Checking: A new automatic software update feature
makes it easy to keep up with the latest Zenoss Core security and
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Support: Zenoss Core 1.0 is officially
supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 and has received Red Hat
Ready Certification. In addition, Zenoss has committed to support
future versions of the commercial Linux operating system.
Zenoss Core 1.0 is available for download at http://www.zenoss.com/
About Zenoss, Inc.
Recently named one of the “Top 10 Open Source Companies to Watch” by
Network World, Zenoss is an open source network and systems
management software company based in Annapolis, MD. Zenoss provides
the most complete open source monitoring platform as a lower cost and
easier-to-deploy alternative to traditional proprietary solutions.
For more information, please visit www.zenoss.com.
Zenoss is Python/Zope-based, network/systems monitoring application
that has been in development since 2002. The goal of Zenoss is to
“Simplify Systems Management” with a Python, open source alternative
to the big commercial management suites (e.g. IBM Tivoli, HP
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