Nimbus' acquisition of Indicative Software provides
availability and performance management combined with business service
Nimsoft on April 8 will bring new business service management functions into
its fold when it announces its plans to acquire Indicative Software.
The privately held Nimsoft bills itself as a cheaper and simpler alternative
to larger vendors' offerings for monitoring the availability and
performance of networks, servers, databases and applications.
The "Big Four" vendors in this field are IBM/Tivoli,
Hewlett-Packard's OpenView, CA's
Unicenter and BMC Software's Patrol.
With Indicative, Nimbus will add new end-user response time monitoring and
The big vendors have "really got a top-down approach. They
start at the business service and work down to the device level," said Nimsoft
CEO Gary Read, who will lead the combined
companies. "[Nimsoft's] Nimbus starts at device management and we
push our way up into BSM. The two products fit together extremely well."
Nimsoft, which has focused on service-level management and primarily served
small and medium-size enterprises, will gain other synergies with Indicative.
Indicative brings to the table agentless technology for monitoring end-user
response times as well as passive monitoring of real application traffic,
rather than the active monitoring in Nimsoft's product.
"Nimbus till now was based on synthetic transactions that are issued on
a predetermined time basis to test the application. Indicative looks at
all the real transactions hitting Web-based applications and monitors their
response time. By putting the two together we can give customers the best
of both worlds," said Read.
Ironically, Indicative's namesake product was originally developed at
Hewlett-Packard and initially marketed as a product dubbed Firehunter.
Indicative executive John Smith, part of the original HP OpenView team, will
remain with the combined companies, as will most Indicative employees, Read
Both Nimbus and Indicative products will continue to be sold separately in
the short term, although over time Nimsoft intends to combine the two code
Nimsoft's product integration road map calls for taking key portions of the
Indicative technology and adding it to Nimbus and vice versa, and then working
toward common components across both product lines.
"Our new Web 2.0 capability will become a common user interface over
time for both products. We will also have common data collection using both,
and we will evolve into a common database schema in the back end as well,"
said Read. "We will continue with both product lines, and you will see
development accelerated on both products as we make use of each other's
The combined company will create a somewhat larger David to the Big
Four Goliaths, with 161 employees and 616 customers worldwide. Nimsoft will
retain Indicative's Fort Collin, Colo.,
location. The acquisition, the price of which was not disclosed, is expected to
be completed this week.