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Unusual for a company’s demise, OpTier quietly disappeared without press fanfare or news reports.  According to Gartner Analyst Jonah Kowall, they ceased operations in May 2014. Over the years, we crossed paths with them many times, competing in large deals some of which we won and some we lost.  We both had NY offices, traded employees several times and at one trade show our booths were right next to each other.  However, even though they were a competitor it was sad to learn they were gone. The APM market has been rapidly evolving and customers are expecting more out-of-the-box than ever before.  OpTier had driven the Business Transaction Monitoring message for many years until their switch to a Cloud, Big Data analytics story.  They also followed Nastel in providing real-time analytics using Complex Event Processing. However, the Cloud messages appeared to be mo... (more)

IBM Impact 2014 – Nastel will be there!

Nastel will be back at IBM Impact 2014 in Las Vegas, in booth #510. Please stop by and say hello! Booth #510 at IBM Impact 2014 We will offer on-the-fly demos of the real-time application performance monitoring (APM) analytics and monitoring capabilities in the latest release of AutoPilot.  Stop by and see demonstrations of how we track and stitch message flows across Java, .NET, middleware and mainframe in topologies containing, WebSphere AS, MQ, MB, DataPower and mainframe. Our CTO, Albert Mavashev will be there to discuss your technical questions. Customer Case Study In additio... (more)

Bain Is Going to Flip BMC – Are You At Risk?

Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a group of investors led by Bain Capital.  This is good news for Bain as they generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with one of their products.  But, is it good news for you? I doubt it.  The acquisition by a private equity firm is unlikely to be a permanent state. It could lead to a company breakup with the parts auctioned off to separate owners.  But, it’s more likely that Bain intends to ‘flip’ BMC. In the real es... (more)

Thinking of Moving Your Applications to the Cloud? Consider This

There is no escaping cloud computing. Every software package, service and even hardware is described as cloud-enabled. Seemingly, we are all headed into the clouds never to return. However, while the atmosphere is everywhere, the cloud decidedly is not. It is by definition remote - so if your applications require the highest in performance, cloud may not be the answer. Not all applications will completely move to the cloud. In some cases this will be by design and the type of application, while others won't be able to avoid migration pitfalls. For the percentage of business-critic... (more)

Bursting Big Data’s Bubble: Playing the Pattern

Nastel recently joined a conversation on Infoworld.com around what writer Dan Tynan described as “IT’s worst addictions.” From our perspective, data is one of these addictions, and by far one of the biggest pain points that the IT industry is forced to deal with today. ‘Big Data’ is the hot potato of 2012—everyone is talking about it and the term is increasingly tossed around within operational circles in organizations. Everyone wants to know “What are we doing about Big Data?” or “What’s our Big Data strategy?” If you’re a vendor and you don’t have a solution to manage it, ana... (more)