I come across these companies that you might not think are super fascinating. But it is often through these technical providers that you get a sense for the bigger market, how business models are changing and the new role of data as an indicator of a cloud’s overall health.
A case in point is SevOne. The company uses P2P networking and big data clusters to help companies do real-time management of their massive infrastructures. Today they announced an update to their appliance.
Legacy providers are often ill fitted to monitoring big data, thousands of mobile and the new massive loads on networks. In legacy environments, it may require a network administrator to look at several servers to get data for monitoring.
The new SevOne service can monitor millions of objects in real-time across all networking technologies through a web interface.
The P2P environment means the appliances are aware of each other when they go online. A company may have 15 appliances spread across its network in different geographic regions. This means it can show data and its behavior in different scenarios.
This is the new face of the cloud. It’s about predicting if there will be problems on the network by monitoring the data from thousands of points on the network.. The companies that need this kind of monitoring are the likes of Thomson Reuters. It counts on SevOne to manage the health of its network so it can deliver financial information in seconds to financial services firms.
But it’s the business model that is most intriguing. SevOne charges $5 per element. Essentially it analyzes the machine generated data from the network environment. You only get charged for the elements you use. Monitored elements can include but are not limited to: network interfaces, response-time measurements, CPUs and disk drives.
SevOne is in a market of IT giants. Cisco, Dell and HP all have performance management services. Vmware could prove to be a formidable competitor as its cloud strategy matures. But SevOne has something different in its distributed infrastructure and the business model it uses.