And then there was three? Qlusters, the former(?) open source systems management vendor has handed the development of the openQRM project over to the open source community and announced that it will no longer be involved in the project.
According to an announcement on SourceForge, openQRM 3.5 is the last release from Qlusters. Matt Rechenburg, active project manager, will lead its ongoing development.
No word yet from Qlusters on its future direction. However, it is not surprising to see changes at the company. It has been particularly quiet since former CTO William Hurley left to become chief open source strategy architect at BMC. In fact, I was more surprised to see an announcement regarding Qlusters than I was the fact that it is getting out of openQRM development.
Kris Buytaert reports that Qlusters has a new CEO in Dror Nemirovsky, so presumably there is a plan to move the company forward (although the company wasn’t in a mood to talk about it according to this ByteandSwitch update from March). Certainly the investors – Israel Seed Partners, Benchmark, Duff Ackerman and Goodrich, Charles River, and Network Appliance – will be looking to get some return from the $34m invested in the company.
One of the so-called “little four” open source systems management vendors, alongside GroundWork, Hyperic and Zenoss, Qlusters was founded by former CEO Ofer Shoshan, as well as Moshe Bar, who you may also remember from such open source vendors as XenSource, and Qumranet.