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GroundWork Open Source, Inc., a leader in commercial open source systems and network management software, announced today the launch of GroundWork Monitor Enterprise, a new addition to the GroundWork product family, and the general availability of GroundWork Monitor version 5.2, the latest major release to the entire family.

In 2007, GroundWork saw customers with distributed, enterprise-class deployments increase to nearly 60 percent of subscription revenue, with nearly a third of GroundWork's subscriber base upgrading to enterprise-class subscriptions. GroundWork Monitor Enterprise, created as a direct response to customers' demand for high capacity monitoring solution, provides a level of extensibility and scalability not found in open source systems and network monitoring and management solutions available today.

GroundWork customers, the largest of whom are monitoring tens of thousands of devices across geographically dispersed locations, are the driving force behind GroundWork Monitor Enterprise. GroundWork Monitor Enterprise's modular design is specifically built for distributed, high capacity, highly available environments. With the release of GroundWork Monitor 5.2, distributed monitoring throughput has improved by a factor of two times, resulting in increased system capacity.

"Our expanding base of Global 2000 customers is proof that enterprises are choosing GroundWork over the Big 4 alternatives," says David Lilly, founder and CEO of GroundWork Open Source. "An average cost savings of around 80 percent is a huge factor, but enterprise customers are selecting GroundWork because our open source solutions integrate seamlessly with existing systems like Windows, AIX, Tivoli, OpenView, NetIQ and many more. And, they appreciate GroundWork's ability to scale to more than 10,000 servers across distributed locations worldwide."

As top tier analyst firms predict a slowdown in 2008 IT spending, open source solutions like GroundWork Monitor Enterprise are seeing faster adoption as the alternative to expensive proprietary system management offerings from the Big 4 (HP OpenView, IBM Tivoli, CA Unicenter, BMC Patrol). "With economic uncertainty building on IT organizations, we are seeing enterprises tightening their belts when it comes to IT budgets and initiatives," says Stephen Elliot, research director for IDC's Enterprise Systems Management Software Service. "As open source management solutions continue to mature and increase in functionality, they will see more opportunities on the enterprise scale."

GroundWork's expanded product family coincides with release 5.2 of GroundWork Monitor. This release includes new features such as auto-discovery/auto-configuration; a high speed, low latency event console; new enterprise performance reports, and updates to the dashboard functionality. Additionally, more than 50 user-requested enhancements and contributions have been included. The product family now includes three distinct offerings:

GroundWork Monitor Enterprise-This offers high capacity and throughput with extensibility to meet the needs of enterprise customers who manage distributed network environments. Utilizing a multi-tier architecture, GroundWork Monitor Enterprise improves upon GroundWork Monitor Professional with a modular design that can be custom-fit to large scale and highly available environments. Its open architecture allows for horizontal integration with third-party help desk, ticketing, asset tracking, and CMDB systems that are often already deployed in enterprise data centers.

GroundWork Monitor Professional-This is a full-featured systems and network management solution. It is easy to deploy with auto-discovery/auto-configuration, captures monitoring feeds from numerous sources, provides sophisticated alerting and notification, provides consolidated views through status viewer, event console and customizable dashboards and comes with standard and customizable SLA reports. Designed to be deployed on a single server, it offers core systems management functionality for heterogeneous environments at a fraction of the cost of propriety alternatives.

GroundWork Monitor Community Edition-This is a high quality open source software that covers basic IT monitoring needs, created for the SMB environment. GroundWork Monitor Community Edition shares a common code base with GroundWork Monitor Professional and Enterprise, allowing for seamless upgrades. The community edition is free for download at: http://www.groundworkopensource.com/community/.

"In 2006, Genworth selected GroundWork Monitor to manage multiple datacenters because of the solutions' low cost and the integration with our existing open source tools," says Timothy Haggerty, datacenter engineer at Genworth Financial. "GroundWork Open Source is the only vendor that leverages the commoditized value from open source monitoring projects, supplements with monitoring best practices and delivers a scalable, extensible solution that improves our efficiency without impacting our budget."

Additional information about the new features in GroundWork Monitor 5.2 and an online demo is available at http://www.groundworkopensource.com/products/whatsnew5.2.html.

About GroundWork

San Francisco-based GroundWork Open Source, Inc. (http://www.groundworkopensource.com) is a market leader in open source network and systems management software, delivering enterprise-class network, system and application management solutions at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions.

GroundWork's best of breed approach gives customers the flexibility to use diverse open source and proprietary technologies together under a unified interface, allowing users to leverage the advantages of open source while simultaneously preserving existing investments in legacy management tools. GroundWork's solutions are in use at organizations like Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, AOL, Genworth Financial, SAIC, Seton Hall University, Siemens, and World Bank. GroundWork's solutions are available from GroundWork, its partners including Red Hat, Unisys, Fujitsu, and a worldwide network of channel partners. The company is privately held, with investments from Canaan Partners, Mayfield Fund, JAFCO Ventures and SAP Ventures.



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