Halcyon Snaps Up Snapshot
May 25, 2010 Alex Woodie
Halcyon Software made a bold move yesterday with the announced acquisition of Snapshot, a performance management tool for the System i servers. Halcyon entered into the deal for Snapshot with Mid-Comp International, the Australian software company that previously owned the product.
Snapshot Total System Control (TSC) is a client-server application that collects performance data via agents deployed on the System i server, and displays the information on a Windows-based console, where administrators can view colorful graphics depicting the state of their monitored systems as well as perform “what if” capacity planning. The software also sends alerts to mobile phones or e-mail when it detects potential performance problems.
It has been five years since IT Jungle has heard of any new developments with Snapshot, which was developed by Mid-Comp and sold through distributors and resellers to System i shops around the world. In recent years, Mid-Comp appeared to be more heavily focusing on Odyssey, it’s Java-based suite of ERP applications.
Halcyon, a U.K. software firm that has been moving aggressively into the U.S. market in recent years, was more than happy to acquire the rights to Snapshot, and sell it along with its array of i/OS systems management tools.
“We are delighted to add the Snapshot products to our extensive portfolio supporting IBM i offerings,” stated Halcyon Software CEO, Lorraine Cousins, in a press release. “We are pledging our assurances to all existing Snapshot customers that we will continue to provide technical support for the Snapshot products and customers will not experience any increase in their fees for this service. As a Halcyon customer, you have the reassurance that our solutions are compatible with the latest hardware technology from IBM.”
Adding a dedicated performance management tool to its suite of i/OS systems management tools seems to make sense for Halcyon, which is targeting outsourcers, data center bureaus, and other companies that run System i hardware for their clients. Sizing servers for a particular workload is as much art as science, and a tool like Snapshot can help to shed more light on the practice.
Dennis Vaughan, formerly of Mid-Comp, said he is pleased that Halcyon now owns Snapshot. “They have an excellent reputation in the market for supporting the IBM i platform and I look forward to working with them to ensure a smooth transition,” he stated.
Terms of the deal were not released.