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.