Start-up manages apps, servers, storage

By Kevin Komiega

—Software start-up Akorri officially came on the scene today with the launch of both the company and a new infrastructure management and monitoring tool aimed at tying applications, server, and storage management together for better control of IT environments.

Akorri's software, dubbed BalancePoint, is an optimization tool that monitors and provides visibility into performance, availability, and utilization problems that cut across multiple domains. BalancePoint was created to help end users circumvent or completely avoid the performance degradation, over-provisioning, and increased costs that can arise as application requirements change over time.

Akorri's founder and CEO, Rich Corley (who formerly launched Pirus Networks), says the key to BalancePoint is its interoperability with heterogeneous hardware and software platforms.

"BalancePoint can garner information from other tools and from hardware devices, including applications, servers, storage, and the network itself without using software agents," says Corley. "The software is very partner-friendly."

The software compiles performance data from these sources to build models for monitoring and predicting how changes in the infrastructure might impact application performance, thereby aiding in capacity-planning decisions and troubleshooting.

Corley says BalancePoint is deployed on an out-of-band appliance that does not require agent installation or management. The software is standards-based, supporting a range of hardware and software platforms, and serves as a complementary tool to existing storage resource management (SRM), application performance management (APM), and infrastructure management products.

BalancePoint provides delta-time analysis and the ability to analyze how changes in workload or infrastructure over time impact applications. It also offers recommendations on how to alleviate resource misalignment and bottlenecks that affect performance.

Akorri was founded in 2005 and has since raised approximately $23.5 million in funding from a number of venture capital firms, including BlueStream Ventures, Matrix Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners.

This article was originally published on January 15, 2007