EMC Gets Deeper Into Data Center Management With Watch4net Acquisition

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-05-31 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Watch4net makes carrier-class performance-management software that provides real-time, historical and projected visibility into the performance of the network, data centers and cloud infrastructures.

EMC, whose core competency has been IT hardware for more than a generation, continues to make moves to bolster its software offerings--the latest being data center information management.

The storage and security company on May 31 said it has acquired 12-year-old, Montreal-based Watch4net in an all-cash transaction, with terms of the deal not released.

 

Watch4net is a provider of carrier-class performance-management software that provides real-time, historical and projected visibility into the performance of the network, data centers and cloud infrastructures.

The two companies are quite familiar with each other, having been partners for more than seven years. Watch4net's frontline APG package is already tightly integrated with EMC's IT Operations Intelligence Suite.

"One of the reasons Watch4net is a good fit for EMC is that we're focused across domains: across network, compute and storage," Ken MacDonald, senior director of marketing for EMC's Information Management Group, told eWEEK. "EMC already has the ability to monitor performance to Watch4net, and then provide the correlation and root-cause analysis and service assurance capabilities that the ITOI suite provides.

"Both products have the ability to reach across the three domains and also across the physical and virtual environments [within the data center]."

Watch4net Illuminates vSwitch

Here's an example of what Watch4net provides. Many VMware environments include something called a vSwitch, a virtual switch, "which in some ways becomes a bit of a blind spot for the VM [virtual machine] administrator," MacDonald said.

"It's tough for them to really understand if the connections are being maintained within the virtual switch. One of the important features of the ITOI (which includes Watch4net) is the ability to monitor the virtual switch and include that as part of our correlation and root-cause analysis capabilities," MacDonald said.

Watch4net CEO Michel Foix and most of his 70-person team will be retained and will report to Jay Mastaj, senior vice president and general manager of EMC's Infrastructure Management Group.

Chris Preimesberger is eWEEK's Editor for Features and Analysis. Twitter: @editingwhiz

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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