Optimal performance

Peter Job, CEO of Intergence Systems explains how the company is helping companies in the region to get the most from their existing infrastructure.

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Optimal performance Fine tuning an existing infrastructure is more technically demanding than a new data centre build out, says Job.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 21, 2010

Peter Job, CEO of Intergence Systems explains how the company is helping companies in the region to get the most from their existing infrastructure.

NME: Intergence have made some in-roads into the region, what is next from you?

Peter Job: This year is an exciting year for us, we have got good growth in the business, there are new products coming out through to October and beyond, and there are lots of other products in the pipeline as well as around cloud computing. We are seeing 2010 as pretty positive, despite some of the gloomy predictions.

We are building our own product, that we are launching at Gitex. That has been a two and a half, three year development program. The reason we have done it is because as we were going out, talking to clients about optimizing their infrastructure, we were using our own tools and processes to do that, using best of breed tools, and there were some gaps, where we couldn’t really do the job as well as we wanted to, so we were having to do a lot of manual work. Essentially what this does is automates the whole process of optimizing your infrastructure. It covers networks, data centres, security, it allows you to see the whole infrastructure in one place in real time. That will have a green part to it, if you have things like CPU usage, areas where you might have overlaid applications that are running across the network inefficiently, or if you have bandwidth constraints, which we tend to see across the region, then this will enable you to plan effectively and troubleshoot.

NME: Will this new product be standalone software, or appliance based?

PJ: It is appliance based, the research we have done with our clients is that they tend to prefer an appliance. As we move through the cycle, it may well be that people want some flexibility to be able to procure some of the services across the internet, or just download it, but certainly at the moment our view is that customers want an appliance, they want to be able to see it in their data centre, and they want to be able to manage it from that central appliance.

NME: How will you take that to market?

PJ: We are going to be using a number of indirect channels, obviously we have a lot of expertise ourselves, so we will be one of the channels to market. We have ten development partners already, two of which are based in the Middle East, so our commitment to the Middle East is pretty large. The great thing about the product is that it covers any sector, public, private, any types of business that has a reasonable sized IT estate, between 1,500 nodes upwards, that has an expanding infrastructure, across multiple sites as well.

NME: What resources are you putting in to serve the Middle East?

PJ: We are up to 14 of us now, a reasonable sized business. We like to think that had the downturn not been quite as severe, we would have been 20 plus now, but we are still quite pleased with the way things are going. We complement that with local people based here, and also we have specific resources that we can get from other parts of the region or the UK.

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