Qlusters waves goodbye to openQRM

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.

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10 comments ↓

#1 Profoss news on 04.10.08 at 2:25 pm

OpenQRM independent from Qlusters…

#2 451 CAOS Theory » Does your OS systems management got GPL? on 04.14.08 at 3:26 pm

[…] three systems management ventures that have faltered recently — Levanta, Open Country and Qlusters — did not use GPL licensing. Levanta and Open Country did not even offer community or free […]

#3 Open Source mobile edition on 04.15.08 at 3:32 pm

[…] the announcement on April 9, the 451 group issued a report about the departure and speculated that Qlusters corporate could be in trouble. Qlusters, […]

#4 The evolving systems management ecosystem — Server Specs on 04.17.08 at 3:34 pm

[…] In mid-April, Qlusters Inc., opted to drop its sponsorship of the openQRM project, an open source provisioning and monitoring tool. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of data center management products and services handed over openQRM to the open source folks at SourceForge where the project will reportedly continue under the tutelage of project manager Matt Rechenburg. In a subsequent blog post, Matthew Anslett, an enterprise software analyst at the 451 Group speculates on the fate of Qlusters, wondering whether the OpenQRM announcement signals the demise of the “little four” group of open source systems management vendors. […]

#5 Virtualization Report | David Marshall on 04.20.08 at 3:13 pm

openQRM 3.5 released, but Qlusters bids it adieu…

A posting on SourceForge.net states that Qlusters has released openQRM 3.5 to the open source community. The 3.5 release succeeds release 3.1.4 and includes a set of new features based on input from various datacenters and test/dev labs. And while a ne…

#6 blackcrow on 06.02.08 at 10:02 am

Looks like Qlusters lost its way and does not know where it is going. will probably join the dead pool soon. It started going down hill when the CTO William left to join BMC and when others like Don and Ofer left as well. another bad VC story …

#7 Amit on 06.03.08 at 2:38 pm

Bkackcrow, don’t count on it. You can only speculate… 🙂

#8 451 CAOS Theory » Are VCs to blame for Qlusters’ demise? on 07.15.08 at 11:23 am

[…] July 15, 2008 @ 11:23 am ET Three months after open source systems management vendor Qlusters handed its OpenQRM code over to Sourceforge the company has apparently closed its doors and fired its 30 […]

#9 451 CAOS Theory » OpenQRM lives on on 08.20.08 at 5:02 am

[…] previously reported on the demise of Qlusters, the former open source systems management firm that handed the development of the openQRM project over to the open source community in April and apparently […]

#10 【转发】Eleven Open Source Cloud Computing Projects to Watch « security for cloud computing on 04.24.11 at 6:56 am

[…] with technology when it was still part of a now defunct venture-backed company, Qlusters, and then spun out as a stand-alone open source project. While OpenQRM is not what I would consider a tool for public […]