June 7, 2006

Hyperic Announces Open Source Model for Hyperic HQ

Lisa Kornblatt writes "Hyperic Announces Open Source Model for Hyperic HQ IT Management Platform
Full-Featured Open Source Version Available at No Cost;
Hyperic Enterprise Subscription to Offer Support, Indemnification and Enterprise Features

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 6, 2006) – Hyperic, a pioneer in next-generation IT management platforms, announced today that it is adopting an open source business model for Hyperic HQ, its flagship product. The change makes Hyperic HQ the first and only market-tested, enterprise-class IT management platform in the open source space, giving companies, ISVs and OEMs a unified, no-cost solution for managing all their IT assets, with full access to underlying source code.

In just over two years of existence, Hyperic HQ has been downloaded by thousands of users and adopted by over 100 world-class companies, including several Fortune 100 corporations. Its cross-platform, cross-technology capabilities make it an ideal choice for discovering, monitoring, analyzing and controlling enterprise IT assets from the network and operating system layers all the way up to the application and service tier.

With the move to open source, Hyperic is encouraging an open ecosystem around Hyperic HQ. Users will now be able to benefit from community developed plug-ins, and easily adapt and enhance Hyperic HQ to their specific needs by accessing the product’s source code. Hyperic is supporting this activity by offering a free, downloadable open source development kit suitable for developing plug-ins that support specific software and hardware. The kit is now available at www.hyperic.net/downloads/pdk.jsp.

Also today, Hyperic is unveiling the Hyperic HQ Enterprise Subscription, providing enterprises the safety they need for demanding deployment environments. Hyperic HQ Enterprise Subscription extends the value of Hyperic HQ with 24X7 support, indemnification, and features such as remote resource control, role-based security, log/security event tracking, policy based management, and problem identification.

“Hyperic has been listening closely to the needs of the marketplace. We have concluded that there is a strong demand for an enterprise-grade, open source IT management alternative that provides broad coverage for all the technologies in the data center and is easy to deploy,” said Javier Soltero, Hyperic Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this move will not only instantly benefit our user community, but will also jump-start an entire ecosystem of developers, users, ISVs, OEMs, system integrators and platform vendors around the Hyperic HQ open source platform.”

“By moving to an open source model we are enabling IT managers to control their own systems management destiny. Whether their network consists of Linux or Windows systems, open source or proprietary applications, Hyperic HQ gives them a unified IT management framework and an open community model in which to share information and technology,” said Larry Augustin, Hyperic board member and an authority in open source products. “The combination of an open source community along with the Hyperic HQ Enterprise Subscription gives customers a level of freedom and security not available from any other IT Management vendor.”

Along with its unified, cross-technology capabilities, Hyperic HQ offers numerous features that make IT management more convenient and practical. The product offers inventory auto-discovery, real time and historical monitoring, and intelligent alerting as well as performance analysis capabilities. Multiple users can easily diagnose problems, measure capacity and service levels through a common portal interface. Deployment takes less than an hour, making it the easiest-to-implement product of its kind on the market.

The Hyperic HQ Open Source IT Management platform supports virtually all major enterprise systems and technologies including:

  • Web Servers: Apache, Microsoft IIS, and Sun ONE web servers;
  • Application Servers: BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, JBoss, Macromedia ColdFusion, Macromedia JRun, Microsoft .NET Runtime, Novell Silverstream, Tomcat, and Caucho Resin;
  • Databases: IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and Sybase Adaptive Server;
  • Operating Systems: AIX, HP/UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, MacOSX, and FreeBSD;
  • Application Platforms: LAMP, LAM-J, J2EE, and MX4J;
  • Microsoft Technologies: Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory, and .NET;
  • Virtualization Technologies: VMWare, Citrix MetaFrame; and
  • Other Technologies: Network Devices, Nagios, and custom.

Further Announcements

Users will have immediate access to production release binaries of Hyperic HQ. Effective today, the Hyperic HQ open source platform is available in binary form at no cost. In early July, Hyperic will make the complete source code for the platform freely available for download from its Web site under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The GPL has enabled the development of strong communities around Linux, MySQL and many other open source technologies. In July, Hyperic will also unveil a new Hyperic HQ community portal dedicated to user collaboration and code sharing.

The Hyperic HQ Enterprise Subscription is immediately available. All current support customers will be automatically upgraded to this version as part of their contracts. For further information on Hyperic HQ, or to download the latest release, go to www.hyperic.com.

About Hyperic Inc.:

Privately held and based in San Francisco, California, Hyperic provides the only IT operations management solutions designed to rapidly bring order to today’s volatile IT landscape by leveraging the vibrant Open Source community, allowing enterprises to pinpoint, correct and ultimately prevent problems across all environments. Founded in March 2004, Hyperic’s world-class team of professionals is experienced in commercial and open source application development and large-scale IT operations. Visit www.hyperic.com.

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