Last week Gartner, the leading analyst firm, included New Relic in its report “Cool Vendors in IT Operations and Virtualization, 2009.” More about the Cool Vendor report methodology below.
In the report, Gartner notes “Advances associated with virtualization will continue to drive the need for management tools that can address the increasing scale and dynamic nature of virtual infrastructures. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) models are becoming increasingly popular for management technology providers to lower operation costs and to deliver more advanced capabilities.”
The report also includes in its recommendations that IT organizations should “Include evaluations of SaaS-based management offerings for your application- and infrastructure-monitoring needs, but make sure to fully understand the total costs, as well as available service levels.”
Our reaction is “That’s what we have been saying for the past year.” While our product RPM is the most powerful app performance management tool for Rails, the way we deliver that power provides some of the compelling reasons why Rails users select it – affordability, ease of implementation, and flexible, month-to-month terms of service.
We never tried to be considered “cool” when we started New Relic. We just thought we would try to make the best Rails management tool you could find. It’s nice, though, someone thinks we’re doing both.
About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose. Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.