The 451 Take
No matter how hard systems management vendors try, they eventually need a behind-the-firewall option. Large banks, pharmaceutical companies, insurance outfits and other organizations in large and highly regulated industries simply won’t tolerate ‘true’ (multi-tenant) public cloud offerings. This pattern plays out frequently (in recent years, with Opscode) and is inevitable as systems management vendors seek to expand their addressable markets beyond the metaphorical ‘Bay Area startup.’ Boundary has assembled an impressive, fresh take at the ‘manager of managers’ (MOM) suite, and this addition of private cloud support should help it expand its customer base.
Boundary’s most recent release tweaks its traditional ‘IT management as a service’ (ITMaaS)-only deployment option, allowing customers to run their own instances of Boundary in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).
Customers that do not want to run their systems management framework in a multi-tenant environment (i.e., with their data comingled with all other Boundary customers) can now get their very own, isolated instance. Boundary also announced beta support for AWS CloudTrail to more tightly integrate with AWS logs.
Founded in January 2011, Boundary has 44 employees, up from 35 in July and 25 about a year ago.
The company has received total funding of $19m in two rounds: $4m in 2011 from Lightspeed Venture Partners and then $15m in 2012 from Lightspeed and Scale Venture Partners. Boundary...