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March 31, 2009

Gartner names ‘cool’ vendors to watch

Systems for cost optimisation, operational performance and skills make the list

By CBR Staff Writer

Suppliers of virtual labs for application development teams, security event log management automation and a system that provides scenario planning simulations and readiness programmes to large enterprises, are among those to have been selected as ‘cool’ vendors by Gartner.

In a listing just produced by the market-watchers, these and other systems are rated as ‘cool’ for the way they could aid in cost optimisation, operational performance and organisational skill development initiatives.

It is not an exhaustive list but is one that reaches into some very different segments of the enterprise software and service market. 

Skytap provides cloud-based virtual labs for application development and QA teams, and promises enterprise software groups a complete virtual lab solution over the Web. 

Developers can access Virtual Lab and use Skytap’s library of pre-built virtual machine, operating system and application images, or upload existing virtual machines, builds or test scripts into the Skytap environment. The venture-backed company based in Seattle has just closed a second $7 million funding round.

The more familiar name of LogLogic is included because “bandwidth reduction and greater safeguards against internal and external threats via log management will result in cost.” Led by veteran technology executive Pat Sueltz, formerly CEO at Surfcontrol, the company reckons most enterprises generate more than a terabyte of log data every day.

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Another candidate, RollStream Inc supplies an on-demand collaboration platform that allows IT managers to reduce the time and effort required to collaborate with suppliers or customers on large B2B projects.

NextPlane lets business users to communicate via instant messaging and share presence regardless of the underlying unified communications platform or service, while Edinburgh-based G2G3 Group Ltd makes the listing for its simulation and readiness programmes. 

Earlier this month G2G3 launched with IBM the Virtual Service Management Simulator, an immersive 3D learning system where participants learn how service management and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes can be applied to improve business performance and increase operational maturity.

The full listing, which is available from Gartner, has been compiled according to analyst assessments of which vendors are considered to be most innovative, impactful, and intriguing.

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