New Relic Logs Expands Observability with BindPlane

by bluemedora_admin on October 14, 2019

Extending log monitoring and observability for New Relic customers across on-prem and multi-cloud, databases and applications.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Oct 14, 2019 – IT monitoring integration innovator, Blue Medora, today announced early access availability of over 50 log source integrations, dramatically simplified deployment options, fully-managed log agent, and 24/7 customer support for New Relic customers through BindPlane, its Monitoring Integration as a Service (MIaaS) solution.

Helping New Relic customers properly configure and monitor all of their data sources efficiently can be challenging and time-consuming. In the case of monitoring logs through New Relic, this often requires custom configuration and a deep understanding of FluentD, Logstash, or other open source solutions. What’s more, in order for New Relic’s customers to integrate log monitoring, they are required to create their own parsers and formatters to generate attributes. This is where BindPlane comes in to simplify logging for New Relic users.

BindPlane automates the collection and enhancement of diverse IT operations data and the metadata that exposes IT relationships. Designed in response to the complexity of managing operations data in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, this real-time data stream improves upon the analytics of popular monitoring platforms including New Relic, Google Stackdriver, Azure Monitor, VMware, and others. BindPlane for New Relic is designed with the purpose of easing the configuration for all of the data sources your organization needs to seamlessly monitor your enterprise workloads within New Relic.  

Many customers already rely on BindPlane to connect New Relic Insights to metrics from 175 technologies that support on-prem, cloud, and hybrid workloads. BindPlane now includes log monitoring from over 50 log types fully supported and integrated with New Relic Log Analytics. 

“New Relic is a great partner and we are excited to be expanding our commitment to their customers with BindPlane Logs. Expanding New Relic Log support to 50 new log integrations and a fully-managed log agent,” said Mike Kelly, Chief Technology Officer at Blue Medora.  “BindPlane’s core strength is the continual expansion and management of log and metric integrations into our customers preferred monitoring platform.”

You can learn more about BindPlane for logs on the Blue Medora website. New Relic users can enroll in the early access program for BindPlane Logs through October 31st and start streaming logs at no charge for the duration of the program by visiting bluemedora.com/new-relic-logs 

If you have any questions or would like to request BindPlane training, contact support at: newrelic@bluemedora.com

About Blue Medora

Blue Medora’s pioneering IT monitoring integration as a service addresses today’s IT challenges by easily connecting system health and performance data–no matter its source–with the world’s leading monitoring and analytics platforms. Blue Medora helps customers unlock dimensional data across their IT stack, otherwise hidden by traditional approaches to metrics collection.

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Blue Medora Appoints Bekim Protopapa CEO

by bluemedora_admin on October 7, 2019

Executive brings 20+ years of successful leadership at high-growth companies


GRAND RAPIDS, MI. – October 7, 2019 – Blue Medora, the leading provider of enterprise IT monitoring integration solutions, announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Bekim Protopapa as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership of the Company and will also join Blue Medora’s Board of Directors. Nathan Owen, Blue Medora’s co-founder, has stepped down from his role as President and Chief Executive Officer and will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. 

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the CEO of Blue Medora since founding the company in 2007 and I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished together,” said Owen. “Blue Medora has trail-blazed with the industry’s first Monitoring Integration as a Service (MIaaS) platform and has formed strong industry partnerships with monitoring leaders such as Google, New Relic, VMware, and others.”

“The Board and I are confident that Bekim is the right person to continue this momentum and take the company to the next level,” Owen continued. “Bekim is a seasoned leader with enormous experience working in the enterprise infrastructure and middleware space and delivering consistent growth. We are lucky to have him as our next CEO.”

Kelly Ford, Partner at Edison Partners, said, “On behalf of the Board, we thank Nathan for his 13 years of leadership. Given our solid financial foundation and clear path forward as the leader in monitoring integration, this is the right time to transition leadership for Blue Medora’s next chapter of growth. We appreciate Nathan’s continued support on the Board of Directors as Bekim Protopapa joins the company as CEO.”

Bekim will assume his new responsibilities effective immediately. “I too would like to thank Nathan for the vision and leadership he provided in bringing Blue Medora to where it is today. The rate at which the company has expanded is impressive, and its products are delivering real value to customers across a variety of industries”, said Bekim. “That, coupled with the significant technology partnerships already in place, makes the future look very bright. I look forward to working alongside the rest of the executive team to accelerate our momentum and increase customer adoption.”

ABOUT BEKIM PROTOPAPA
Bekim is a highly experienced senior executive, having spent 20 years in leadership roles at companies within the systems management, networking and security sectors. He brings with him deep domain experience scaling both private and public technology companies, including NetIQ, BladeLogic, Blue Coat Systems, Cymtec and Mimecast. During his tenure at NetIQ, for example, the company grew from a small startup to a public company with a $250+ million run rate and made several strategic acquisitions. Blue Coat Systems experienced a period of unprecedented growth, as it went from roughly $100 million in annual revenue to over $400 million annually in under four years, when he was a sales leader in the USA and Canada. Lastly, as the GM/COO of Mimecast in North America, he led a high velocity go-to-market team that rapidly transformed how SaaS email security software was marketed and sold, ultimately culminating in one of the NASDAQ’s most successful IPO’s in 2015. Bekim’s track record of successfully guiding companies through periods of significant growth will be integral in growing
Blue Medora’s presence and market share in the IT MIaaS space. Bekim is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and lives in the greater NYC area.

About Blue Medora 
Blue Medora’s pioneering IT monitoring integration as a service addresses today’s IT challenges by easily connecting system health and performance data–no matter its source–with the world’s leading monitoring and analytics platforms. Blue Medora helps customers unlock dimensional data across their IT stack, otherwise hidden by traditional approaches to metrics collection.
 
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Blue Medora
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Blue Medora ServiceNow Management Pack For VMware VRealize Operations

by bluemedora_admin on September 6, 2019

This article originally appeared on TFIR.

By Monika Chauhan.

IT monitoring integration company Blue Medora recently introduced new ServiceNow capabilities in its True Visibility Suite for VMware vRealize Operations at VMworld US. The idea is to help enterprises looking for simpler as well as comprehensive insights into their IT environments from an application or business-centric context.

The new ServiceNow Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations is said to link application and business owners to tailored views of overall system health and resource usage. These new views simplify the identification of orphaned assets and time to cost reduction within your IT infrastructure, the company said.

The ServiceNow management pack superimposes the data in ServiceNow’s configuration management database (CMDB) onto VMware vRealize Operations view of infrastructure, heightening and broadening the value of both datasets.

Last week’s VMworld 2019 also saw David Kritschgau, IT Director at IHS Markit, and Scott Walsh, Blue Medora Senior Solution Architect talking about “Creating a Cohesive Monitoring Strategy with IHS Markit”. They discussed how IHS Markit’s strategy to use VMware vRealize Operations with Blue Medora enabled them to run their business smarter and more efficiently.

Get Started with BindPlane Logs for Stackdriver

by Andy Popp on September 3, 2019

Recently we released a great new Logs feature for BindPlane. BindPlane Logs allow you to consolidate all your log files into Google Stackdriver, Google Cloud Platform’s monitoring tool.  This new integration connects health and performance signals from a wide variety of sources. Today we will take you through how to get started with BindPlane Logs for Google Stackdriver. Once a log source is ingested into Stackdriver you can view and search through the raw log data and create metrics from those log files.  Those logs-based metrics can then be used in Stackdriver monitoring charts and alerting policies, with the ability to view logs and metrics side-by-side.  Stackdriver and BindPlane together bring an in-depth hybrid and multi-cloud view into one dashboard.

Users of the Alpha version gained incredible insight into previously invisible systems by bringing logs from on-prem Kubernetes into Stackdriver to leverage the same alerts, policies and SRE methods that they use with GKE.  

How can you take advantage of using BindPlane for Stackdriver logs ingestion?  

If you are a current BindPlane and Stackdriver user, you don’t need to do anything!  After logging into BindPlane, you will find a “Logs” tab at the top of the left-hand navigation.  Click “Logs” then simply follow the steps below to start streaming your first log source to Stackdriver logging. These steps can also be found in our documentation.  Repeat these steps for each remaining log sources in your environment to gain visibility into your most important systems.

If you are using Stackdriver but haven’t setup your BindPlane account yet, the process is simple and straightforward. Make sure you have your GCP billing account and project already set up. 

Here’s how to get started with BindPlane 

Visit the BindPlane page in the Google Cloud Marketplace

Stackdriver customers can use BindPlane at no additional cost, but you must activate the service. 

To activate your BindPlane:

  1. Find BindPlane in the Google Cloud Marketplace
  2. From the BindPlane marketplace listing, click “Start with the free plan” button
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Select your BindPlane plan

  1. On step 1, Subscribe, you will need to confirm that the “free” plan is selected from the drop-down menu
  2. Assign your preferred GCP billing account and click “Subscribe”
  3. On step 2, Activate, click “Register with Blue Medora”
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Create your BindPlane account

From the BindPlane sign up page:

  1. Link the GCP project you created to BindPlane by using the project name in the “Company Name” field.
  2. Create your account using an email and password
  3. Accept the end-user licensing agreement
  4. Click “Sign up”
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Sign in to BindPlane

Once you’ve done that, close the registration window and return to the BindPlane marketplace listing. Click the “Manage API keys on Blue Medora website” link to sign in and begin the configuration process.

Install the Smart Agent

Now that have your account all set up and ready to go, you can get started with BindPlane Logs for Stackdriver. All it takes to start tracking your Sources with logs in Google Stackdriver is a few simple steps found in our in-depth blog and Video that will take you through how to setup your Agent, Destination, Source and Templates. Visit the BindPlane documentation page for more information.

Viewing Logs in Stackdriver

There should now be logs flowing into Stackdriver.  To view those logs you go to the Stackdriver Logging > Logs (Logs Viewer) page in the GCP Console.  

An overview of viewing Logs in Stackdriver can be found here.

Now that you have these new on-premises and alternate cloud logs in Stackdriver you can setup Logs-based Metrics and alerts from those metrics on critical conditions found in the log files.

Ready to get started with BindPlane Logs for Google Stackdriver?

If you already have a BindPlane account created, start importing logs today by logging in to your account.  

If you don’t have a BindPlane account yet, get started today by signing up through the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace.

Blue Medora Rolls Out Significant VMware vRealize Operations Enhancement at VMworld 2019

by bluemedora_admin on August 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – August 26, 2019 – Booth #1862 – Blue Medora, the leading provider of enterprise-grade IT monitoring integration solutions, announced today that it will unveil new ServiceNow capabilities for VMware vRealize Operations at VMworld US in San Francisco, August 25 through 29.

“Our customers continue to look for simpler but more comprehensive insights into their organization’s IT environments from an application or business-centric context,” comments Greg Pattison, General Manager of Blue Medora’s True Visibility Group. “Our new ServiceNow Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations links application and business owners to tailored views of overall system health and resource usage. These new views simplify the identification of orphaned assets and time to cost reduction within your IT infrastructure.”

For many customers, ServiceNow is a source of truth for IT support ticketing and configuration management (ITSM) and VMware vRealize Operations is a powerful tool for IT operations management (ITOM). The ServiceNow management pack superimposes the data in ServiceNow’s configuration management database (CMDB) onto VMware vRealize Operations view of infrastructure, heightening and broadening the value of both datasets. 

Blue Medora would also like to invite attendees to join David Kritschgau, IT Director at IHS Markit, and Scott Walsh, Blue Medora Senior Solution Architect as they discuss “Creating a Cohesive Monitoring Strategy with IHS Markit”. This informative session will be held on Monday, August 26th at 3:30. David and Scott will discuss how IHS Markit’s strategy to use  VMware vRealize Operations with Blue Medora enables them to run their business smarter and more efficiently. David will share how implementing a core monitoring strategy has helped him troubleshoot faster, gain visibility into infrastructure supporting critical applications, and easily share executive-level insights in a single tool. Session ID: HBO1649BU

Session attendees will receive the dashboard templates from the session for full stack application infrastructure performance, application troubleshooting and consumption, capacity planning and others to implement their own cohesive monitoring strategy.

About Blue Medora 

Blue Medora’s pioneering IT monitoring integration as a service addresses today’s IT challenges by easily connecting system health and performance data–no matter its source–with the world’s leading monitoring and analytics platforms. Blue Medora helps customers unlock dimensional data across their IT stack, otherwise hidden by traditional approaches to metrics collection.

Contact:
Ann O’Leary
Blue Medora
ann.oleary@bluemedora.com
P: +1 650 996 0778

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