Open Management Consortium

Six open source vendors announced the creation of the Open Management Consortium (OMC) today, an effort to promote the adoption, development, and integration of systems and network management software based on open source and open standards technologies (press release).

The OMC provides an alternative to “monolithic vendor lock-in”, which presumably refers to HP’s OpenView, IBM’s Tivoli, and BMC’s Patrol / Control product lines, which are the dominant proprietary technologies in the market.

The founding members include Ayamon (Nagios), Emu Software (NetDirector), Qlusters (openQRM), Symbiot, Webmin, and Zenoss. While there is some overlap in the functionality offered by the founding members, each of these vendors has a unique take on the management problem. By the way, why isn’t Groundwork, OpenCountry, or The OpenNMS Group part of this consortium?

The value here is that the OMC will help with joint marketing efforts for these young, upcoming companies and the creation of a common interface for integrating management components into a unified view. I will curious to see which vendors join the OMC, and if it has any success in reaching out to the proprietary and open source vendors mentioned above. Strength in numbers.

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#1 People Over Process on 05.09.06 at 2:10 pm

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#3 451 CAOS Theory » BMC supports the OMC on 05.18.06 at 6:10 pm

[…] BMC supports the OMC Raven Zachary, May 18, 2006 @ 6:01 pm ET BMC’s CTO, Tom Bishop, has posted message on the Open Management Consortium’s (OMC) web site, showing what seems to be support for the organization. I posted a blog entry about the launch of hte OMC last week. BMC is a public company (NYSE:BMC) with a $4.4 billion U.S. market capitalization and annual revenues close to $1.5 billion U.S. in the proprietary management software space. From the post… “So, our view is we look forward to the efforts of the Open Management Consortium being successful, and we look forward to exploring ways to engage with the member projects and companies in ways that benefit us all.” – Tom Bishop, CTO, BMC […]

#4 Optena Joined Open Management Consortium - Zero Gravity on 06.14.06 at 9:12 am

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#5 William Vambenepe’s blog » Blog Archive » Monitoringforge.org vs. the ghost of openmanagement.org on 09.16.09 at 4:37 pm

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#6 Monitoringforge.org vs. the ghost of openmanagement.org | Oracle on 09.17.09 at 2:46 am

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#7 Zenoss Blog: No Node Left Behind on 03.19.10 at 9:01 am

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