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10 IT management start-ups to watch

Virtualization, application performance, software-as-a-service among management start-ups' focus areas

By , Network World
November 03, 2008 12:07 AM ET

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How company got its start: Company founders wanted to develop a network and application performance management product that could scale to meet the demands of large enterprise companies and service providers. The company developed a peer-to-peer architecture for its appliance technology enabling it to handle more transaction volumes and monitor performance across large distributed networks.

How company got its name: Named after the slang for the "severity one" performance problems network managers face

CEO: Michael Phelan, previously founder and president of consulting/storage networking integration firm StorNet, which was sold to Vanguard Technologies in 2000.

Funding: Self-funded until July 2006, then it raised $1.5 million of outside capital in a transaction led by Osage Ventures of Philadelphia. Other investors included John Ryan, the founder of SunGard; Jonathan Brassington, CEO of Liquidhub; Adrian Stone, CEO of Sureplan; and Lawrence Phelan, managing partner of Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg.

Who's using the product: SevOne lists Comcast, HBO, Credit Suisse, Hawaii Telecom and JPMorgan Chase among its customers.

Company: Zyrion 

Founded: December 2007

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Focus: Traverse is a business service management (BSM) product with a "strong network management foundation" for companies in the midmarket that might not be able to afford several management applications, company officials say. The software installs on a server and discovers the environment, and customers designate the business services they wanted managed.

Why it's worth watching: Industry watchers say Zyrion is a start-up with a mature technology. "They are a polished-up relaunch of the NetVigil product, which was originally offered in the market by [CEO Vikas Aggarwal’s] first company -- Fidelia," says EMA's Frey. They have some new features, and some very credible functionality via their business containers that will be of great value in bringing BSM to the midmarket."

How company got its start: Following a series of acquisitions with previous companies, company founders focused their energies on building a company that could address BSM and managing technologies such as virtualization for midmarket companies.

How company got its name: Founders liked the name Orion, but say it is over-used in the IT industry. When Zyrion was suggested, they decided it was close to what they wanted and also had an available domain name.

CEO: Aggarwal previously founded Fidelia, which Network General acquired in 2006 to incorporate the BSM technology into its network suite. NetScout bought Network General in 2007

Funding: Privately funded

Who's using the product: Alexander Open Systems in one of the 10 or so customers Zyrion is working with.

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