GroundWork Open Source Quadruples Customer Base

GroundWork Open Source (GWOS), the open source systems and network management specialist, says it has quadrupled its customers base during the past eight months or so. GWOS already has a channel partner program but it's safe to expect a strong focus on MSPs within the next few months. Here are the details.

In a prepared statement, GWOS CEO Peter Jackson attributes the bump in adoption rate to a flood of MSPs and customers switching from more expensive monitoring solutions from companies like HP OpenView, BMC Patrol,IBM Tivoli, and CA Unicenter -- especially since GWOS released the 6.1 GroundWork Monitor update in January 2010. That’s supported by the last momentum statement GWOS unveiled back in February 2010.

That same statement indicates that GWOS is going to be focusing on building out existing partnerships and product integrations with companies like Eucalyptus Systems and Novell. Moreover, sources recently told MSPmentor that Red Hat has been mulling an investment or buyout of GWOS. Both GWOS and Red Hat declined to comment about the speculation, but both companies confirm their ongoing industry partnership.

Meanwhile, GWOS has unveiled GroundWork Monitor Cloud Connector, providing application monitoring for Eucalyptus and Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC)-based private clouds. The connector will be available on June 28.

It’s important to keep announcements like this in perspective: GWOS is privately held, and a fast-growing customer base doesn’t necessarily equate to profitability. All the same, GroundWork is a company to watch in the open source space.

Additional reporting by Joe Panettieri. Sign up for MSPmentor’s weekly Enewsletter, Webcasts and Resource Center. And follow us via RSS; Facebook; Identi.ca; and Twitter. Plus, check out more MSP voices at www.MSPtweet.com.


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