Management industry vets launch open source fault management system

Original founders of Micromuse and RiverSoft join forces to offer RiverMuse’s open source fault management software.

Founded in 2008, open source management start-up RiverMuse couples fault management know-how with open source software model and online community development.

Sometimes the network and systems management software industry mirrors physics in that companies seem to not be created or destroyed, but rather they take on new shapes and become an entirely different entity made up of previous matter.

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For instance, a new open source management software maker took form from the remnants of Micromuse and RiverSoft. RiverMuse is the start-up founded in 2008 by the original founders of Micromuse (acquired by IBM) and RiverSoft (acquired by Micromuse). The company recently made available its open source fault management system, the RiverMuse Core, which the company says uses an “agile architecture to support modern service delivery infrastructures” that include virtualization, Web-based and service-oriented architecture technologies at a lower total cost of ownership.

“We researched a lot of options that would deliver the levels of evolvement and fault maintenance required by the modern day enterprise,” said Phil Tee, RiverMuse chief scientist, in a press statement.

The team behind RiverMuse includes: Tee, Predrag (Fred) Mutavzdic and Mike Silvey, who were the team behind the inventions of Micromuse and RiverSoft (now IBM Tivoli Netcool and HP OpenView Advanced Edition) and Phil Blades, one of the first Netcool customers. Information about how to download RiverMuse Core can be found online here.

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