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NetNow General Availability (GA) date.

NetNow General Availability (GA) date

In order to take advantage of the very latest web technology and agile development methods to keep netnow.co ahead of the field we have decided to further delay our GA date. We are rebuilding much of the core server architecture at this time to deliver dramatic performance improvements inside the platform. We want NetNow to be a truly new generation of software that delivers outstanding results with ease, NetNow will manage all your data effortlessly. We expect to be releasing new iteration of the NetNow platform on a quarterly basis and at this time we are planning for the first GA release in Q4 2015.

About NetNow

NetNow is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or on-demand cloud-based service, meaning there is no software installation or maintenance required and new features are automatically added without the need for expensive and lengthy upgrades. Data is accessed live, meaning there is no need to upload data into the cloud.

Connect to any data source

NetNow creates a single version of the truth through connection to multiple and diverse (on-premise and online) data sources from a single, easy-to-use, cloud-based interface.

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Cloud Data

Managing your cloud data

As we speak, the entire NetNow development team is laser focussed on the final push towards our GA release. Now we’re going to give you a little sneak peek at what we’ve been working on in recent months. Here are some of the new features we have been building into the platform.

configData Manager

The data manager provides an easy an intuitive way to establish a connection to your data sources. A step-by step wizard guides you through connecting to different types of data including format such as csv, data tables, URL sources and many more. Logic can be applied to cleanse, transform, merge or enrich the incoming data.

 monitorFilter Builder

The filter builder is a modern free text search based tool that enables users to easily search their data and find what they need. Searching works just like Google with support for advanced queries containing conditional logic. Filters can be saved, combined and re-used to build complex search criteria.

 emMessaging

Your data is managed on a messaging architecture so you can subscribe to data topics and have updates and notifications pushed to your dashboards in real time.

  

slmDisplay Wizards

Organising and displaying your data is made easy using our Display Wizards. These wizards walk you through the process of configuring our extensive library of widgets to display your data.

bsmOur Developers

Our developers use work in using agile development techniques and work with a variety of modern development languages and technologies including Apache Camel, MongoDB, ActiveMQ, Grails, Java, and OSGi.

About NetNow

NetNow is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or on-demand cloud-based service, meaning there is no software installation or maintenance required and new features are automatically added without the need for expensive and lengthy upgrades. Data is accessed live, meaning there is no need to upload data into the cloud.

Connect to any data source

NetNow creates a single version of the truth through connection to multiple and diverse (on-premise and online) data sources from a single, easy-to-use, cloud-based interface.

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NetNow General Availability (GA) date delayed.

NetNow General Availability (GA) date delayed

We are very sorry to announce that our GA date has been delayed. Due to performance problems with our database, development plans have been pushed back by 3 months. We have now changed our back end database and resolved the issue. We expect to be releasing new iteration of the NetNow platform on a quarterly basis and at this time we are planning for the first GA release in Q2 2013.

About NetNow

NetNow is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or on-demand cloud-based service, meaning there is no software installation or maintenance required and new features are automatically added without the need for expensive and lengthy upgrades. Data is accessed live, meaning there is no need to upload data into the cloud.

Connect to any data source

NetNow creates a single version of the truth through connection to multiple and diverse (on-premise and online) data sources from a single, easy-to-use, cloud-based interface.

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BIG data processing challenges

How will we meet the BIG data processing challenges of the future?

There is no doubt the solving the BIG data processing challenges is not going to be easy, I will be honest we have found ourselves going back to the drawing board several times already in the last 2 years. After some considerable degree of trial and error recently I believe we have come up with an architecture that will meet these challenges.

Ok, so we are building a BIG data platform in the cloud and what is so different about what we are doing then ? Well, while I cannot offer specifics details of our latest architecture I can offer some basic insights into how it works. We have come up with a design that is based around independent processes which communicate in a common way using a central task based mechanism. The infrastructure dynamically scales processing depending on what tasks are waiting to be executed.

In this way logical processing scales to meet demand and new types of processing logic can be introduced independently of existing ones. Because all process engines use a common, centralised method of communication each individual process does not need to know how or what the others are doing. This is fundamentally different to simply adding more hardware resources; instead the architecture increases resources for specific processing tasks as and when required. The application still scales horizontally in the traditional sense, if more processing power is needed then extra server nodes can be added dynamically.

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Intelligent cloud management comes built in to NetNow

Intelligent cloud management

NetNow will have intelligent cloud management services built in so our customers don’t need to worry about managing their NetNow cloud service.

Multiple hosting providers

We host in multiple providers to spread the risk of any outage in a single hosting provider impacting the service we provide to our customers. Our application has been specifically designed and built from the ground up to run across multiple data-centres and multiple providers ensuring maximum resilience.

Auto Scaling

NetNow has sophisticated in-built monitoring inside the application. Monitoring agents watch the internal message queues constantly looking for bottlenecks in processing and automatically scale up and down appropriate worker nodes on demand. This means if you get a flood of messages or a surge of user connections the application detects this and starts new worker nodes to deal with the increased load.

Auto Recovery

NetNow has a distributed architecture and each node in the architecture is independant of the others. If any single nodes fails others are waiting to pick up its workload and replacement nodes are added and removed dynamically. By spreading workers nodes out across multiple data centres and hosting providers our application is fault tolerant and your data is replicated in real-time.

Monitoring & Performance data

NetNow will automatically produce monitoring, management and performance data which can be sent directly to your own systems. This enables our customers to externally monitor the service we provide to them and this is achieved automatically and without additional costs. Monitoring data can be sent out via SNMP, RSS or WEB Services.

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Big Data, BI & monitoring meets, cue Real Time Intelligence

While our developers are very busy right now preparing for our General Availability (GA) release, I wanted to share some insights regarding our vision for the NetNow cloud platform.

Back in the development labs work is at fever pitch marrying a massively scalable cloud data platform with an easy to use and feature rich cloud application that will realise our vision of Real Time Intelligence. Dealing with data volume and velocity is one thing but we need to monitor that data in real time and provide easy ways for our App to unlock intelligence from all the noise.

NetNow has a vision of creating a real time big data platform in the cloud capable of sophisticated event management, data enrichment, automation, notification, impact management, service modelling, change detection, change verification & predictive analysis. NetNow wants to provide a cloud platform not only for IT technicians but for non-technical users who don’t want to code solutions to deliver this type of functionality.

McKinsey & Company says “There will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data.”

NetNow wants to solve this problem by providing an easy to use, modern and social cloud platform with powerful tools to make leveraging intelligence from big data a reality. NetNow intends to bring a sophisticated suite of data visualisation, management and monitoring features together in the cloud creating a new Real Time Intelligence layer based on top of our users existing data.

McKinsey & Company says  “Access to data is critical—companies will increasingly need to integrate information from multiple data sources, often from third parties, and the incentives have to be in place to enable this.

NetNow intends to have the most extensive library of data integrations possible, our integration team is already working on over 20 different pre-built App integration modules for the NetNow platform. These new Apps includes integrations for legacy tools from HP, Microsoft, CA, IBM, BMC & Oracle as well as cloud based solutions like Amazon, Rackspace, ServiceNow & others. We will also provide utility integrations for generic functions like TCP/IP, SMNP, Databases & Web Services. We will continue to build out our capabilities in this area moving forward and will also actively encourage the developer community to join us and help build integration plugins to other 3rd party data sources and applications.

Mark Beyer from Gartner recently said

“IT organizations should introduce a metadata management program, Beyer suggested. They should also plan on extending their existing data repository environments to the cloud and build at least one pilot analysis that combines text, social, and operational data.”

 

Reference Sources

McKinsey & Company

Big Data: the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

Gartner

Beyond Big Data : Gartner on “Extreme” Information Management

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NetNow General Availability (GA) of platform planned for Q2 2013

General Availability (GA) date announced for the NetNow platform.

After two years of prototyping and a further eighteen months of intensive development on the first release of the NetNow platform our development teams deserve a big round of applause! We expect to be releasing new iterations of the NetNow platform on a quarterly basis and at this time we are planning for the first GA release in Q2 2013.

Beta testing has been teaching us a lot and we have made massive strides in improving the platform thanks to our beta participants. We have made huge gains in the area of performance from the early Alpha release with throughput of the platform now running at hundreds of messages a second on a small single sandbox server.

We have introduced a JMS based message broker into the architecture to improve scalability and modularity of the platform, especially useful features in here for our plugin developers of the future!

We have been playing with different caching architectures and database types to support the different requirements of the application. We expect to run the platform on multiple databases including NoSQL and RDBMS flavours depending on the needs of the App. In our testing we certainly confirmed the need for a stateless modular application to enable horizontal scalability and NoSQL seems a must for supporting enormous data volumes. It is also true to say there is also a requirement to have traditional RDBMS functionality in places. We overcome this by splitting the application into a modular architecture and connecting everything with the message broker.

Security, resilience, scalability and usability are all as important as each other so it’s no good having a super-fast platform that is horrible and complex to configure. Or how about a very secure and friendly platform that won’t scale up. Our development teams have been working to make sure we deliver a new kind of platform that delivers in all these areas, one which we are certainly proud of.

I hope our growing community of users become proud of NetNow too and enjoy using what we are sure will be a great solution development platform for the cloud.

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Real time Intelligence – hosting infrastructure

Update on Real time intelligence at NetNow

We have been working hard on making sure we have the right hosting infrastructure in place and after a comprehensive review of this area NetNow has selected RackSpace as its provider of choice for hosting Real time Intelligence.

Rackspace is regarded by Gartner as one of the few leaders among hosted cloud infrastructure providers. Rackspace provides the world-class infrastructure which allows us to offer a guarantee uptime of 99.9% +. More about Rackspace.

NetNow also plans to offer a multi-hosting provider solution for ultimate resilience to our enterprise customers. We are building resilience into the Application as well as the infrastructure meaning we can host our App instances in multiple different hosting providers and have them replicate between those providers.

NetNow is looking to make an announcement regarding a General Availability date later in October this year.

About NetNow

NetNow is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or on-demand cloud-based service, meaning there is no software installation or maintenance required and new features are automatically added without the need for expensive and lengthy upgrades. Data is accessed live, meaning there is no need to upload data into the cloud.

Connect to any data source

NetNow creates a single version of the truth through connection to multiple and diverse (on-premise and online) data sources from a single, easy-to-use, cloud-based interface.

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What is Real Time Intelligence ?

Real-time Intelligence (RTI) is the process of delivering information about your data as it happens. The speed of today’s processing systems has moved classical data warehousing into the realm of real-time. In this context, real-time means a range from milliseconds to a few seconds after the event has occurred. While traditional business intelligence presents historical data for manual analysis, real-time intelligence compares current data with historical patterns to detect problems or opportunities automatically.

  • Business transactions can be fed to the NetNow service as they occur to maintain the current state of the enterprise.
  • Real-time intelligence not only supports the ability to derive information and knowledge from past enterprise activity, but it also provides real-time tactical support.
  • Drive enterprise actions and react immediately to events as they occur.
  • Automated analysis capability enables corrective actions to be initiated and/or business rules to be adjusted to optimize business processes.

NetNow creates a “single source of truth” from all your data sources and gives you the power to easily create new ways to see your data, just the way you need to. Knowledge is Power and NetNow brings intel to your fingertips.
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Real Time Intelligence – General Availability of the Service

Real Time Intelligence Update

With around 20 sites currently beta testing the product we have been learning lots and thank all our beta users for their invaluable feedback. We are currently working on making sure we have the right hosting infrastructure in place ready for moving the NetNow service to general availability, currently we are planning for an October 2012 announcement.

So what can you expect one we go GA? Well the NetNow service will be accepting users directly, all you need to do is make sure you have Signed up to the site and as soon as you login to the NetNow service your Free Trial will automatically start. You can undertake your trial without obligation and there won’t be any sales people pestering you! We are here to help and waiting to answer any questions you may have during your trial. Our consultants will be available to give you any assistance you may require should you ask for it.

We have many exciting announcements to make in the coming weeks and months including more details on how to make the most of your trial along with many fantastic offers for our users! Stay tuned in to NetNow.