In the early days of computing, say about 20 or 25 years ago, you purchased an Apple Macintosh or a PC with compatible software needed to operate your business already loaded in. There was no worrying about elaborate, sophisticated networks or how to monitor and manage the different software. You got the computer delivered from the neighborhood electronics store, you plugged in the components (printer, monitor, modem), and you plugged everything into a surge protector that was plugged into an electric socket in the wall. That’s it. You turned the contraption on and you went to work.
Today computing means networks and different technologies, software, solutions, and applications with defined operating features that, together, allow you and your staff to run your business. Each level or stack of the infrastructure has its own level of sophistication and they may or may not be able to communicate with each other. Each does what each has been programmed to do.
Now you need a way to monitor and manage this operating system with all its seemingly independent elements. That’s a tough assignment, a very tough assignment indeed. Now add the cloud to the mix.
Boundary, an IT firm that offers solutions to manage and monitor IT infrastructure, has come up with a solution.
Located in San Francisco, California, Boundary has a management team with the experience and knowledge of integrating management capability to a system infrastructure.
The CEO and President of the company is Gary Read, who previously served as CEO of Nimsoft, provider of an award-winning Cloud monitoring system.
Cliff Moon is the co-founder and CTO of Boundary. Prior to establishing Boundary, Moon was a lead engineer for Powerset, a natural language search engine firm that was acquired by Microsoft. He was involved in the design, development, and launch of production services for the company and contributed to open source projects. He developed the first open source implementation of Amazon Dynamo.
Dixon Fiske is director of worldwide sales. He too worked for Nimsoft and also has experience with Mercury Interactive where he assisted in the company’s application performance management business.
Rick Houlihan is vice president of engineering for Boundary. Prior to joining the company he was vice president of engineering at Zenoss where he developed IT service management and service assurance solutions for virtualized datacenters. He has also served as a software architect for IBM and directed the realization of the Meiosys virtual process management software.
The Boundary is able to integrate with the entire IT infrastructure and see all the elements and its per-second application flow analysis is able to build a real-time application topology graph and add context to events and notifications. Boundary also has early warning alerts that use behavioral analytics to quickly prevent and settle problems.
A dashboard provides visual data in view of the infrastructure, shows trends of critical metrics in real time, and integrates events for operation management. Boundary integrates with application performance monitoring products, change automation tools, machine data analytics, Amazon EC2, and software-defined networking. It also works with and enhances the performance of any kind of IT operating infrastructure including cloud and modern applications.
The Boundary solution features pre-packaged integration with a range of tools and platforms including Jenkins, an open source server that offers integration services for software development; Capistrano, a utility that commands in parallel on multiple remote machines; Chef, an infrastructure automation framework for deploying servers and applications to physical, virtual, or cloud locations; Puppet, a tool that manages the configuration of Unix-like and Microsoft Windows systems; AppDynamics, an application performance management (APM) solution for Java and .NET applications; New Relic, an APM solution for monitoring Ruby, Java, .NET, Python, iOS and Android applications; and Plexxi Control, an SDN-based centralized network orchestration and controller platform.
Boundary’s customer list includes Gilt, an online retailer; StumbleUpon, an Internet research website; Netradar, a mobile Internet company; RequirementsLive, an app development company; Mangahigh.com, a games-based math teaching source; Inaka, creator of apps for iPhones, iPads, and Androids; and FullContact, maker of an address book app.
For more details, visit the company website.