Blue Medora Builds Strong Momentum Into 2020

by bluemedora_admin on January 27, 2020

Company demonstrates strong revenue growth, product innovation, and strengthening of the executive team

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. – JANUARY 27, 2020 – Blue Medora, the leading provider of enterprise IT monitoring integration solutions, reported today that it closed a record-breaking year in 2019 with sector-leading performances across revenue, customer acquisition and product innovation as well as adding key hires to its executive staff.

The leading indicator of the company’s growth is its thriving customer acquisition. Blue Medora’s total customer base grew 60% in 2019, resulting in over 550 total customers worldwide in industries spanning government, healthcare, telecommunication, finance and retail. Monthly recurring revenue increased 52% as a result of this strong customer growth.

To drive this momentous growth, the company expanded its executive team by welcoming Bekim Protopapa as chief executive officer, Carol Volk as chief marketing officer and Greg Pattison as general manager. 

  • Bekim Protopapa joined Blue Medora in October, bringing over 20 years of leadership experience from companies within the systems management, networking and security sectors including roles at NetIQ, BladeLogic, Blue Coat Systems, Cymtec and Mimecast. During his tenure at NetIQ, the company grew from a small startup to a public company with a $250+ million run rate and made several strategic acquisitions. While at Blue Coat Systems, the company experienced a period of unprecedented growth, expanding from roughly $100 million in annual revenue to over $400 million in under four years. Lastly, as the GM/COO of Mimecast in North America, he led a high-velocity go-to-market team, ultimately culminating in one of the NASDAQ’s most successful IPO’s in 2015.  
  • Carol Volk joined Blue Medora in July from cybersecurity leader STEALTHbits where she ran marketing, growing marketing-sourced revenue from near 0% to over 30%. Prior to STEALTHbits, Carol held marketing and product management positions at Oracle and RightNow Technologies. Carol also co-founded and ran a startup that provided premiere sales and marketing tools for high tech sales organizations, focusing on Fortune 500 organizations that included Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Siemens, D&B, and Johnson Controls. Prior to this, Carol held product development and other technical positions at Voxware, McAfee and Prudential Investments. 
  • Greg Pattison returned to Blue Medora in July to lead the True Visibility Group business unit. Greg leverages his past experience in product development for the automotive, finance, computer and paper industries to produce world-class IT monitoring solutions. Greg served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Power Plant Supervisor for six years prior to getting his computer engineering degree. He has worked for Mead, Burke Porter, and Atomic Object before joining Blue Medora.

In addition to these executive hires, Blue Medora also expanded its partner ecosystem. The company established a growing relationship with Google, that encompasses Google’s monitoring service providing metrics and logs data from non-Google Cloud Platform technologies, launching a metrics offering in March and expanding to logs in November 2019. Blue Medora also deepened its relationship with New Relic, offering New Relic One customers the ability to collect log data from more than 50 log sources, announcing availability in October. This builds on the momentum established with New Relic over the last two years with the BindPlane solution for metrics. 

“Blue Medora continues to deliver strong operating results, and product innovation that solves real customer problems. To that end, 2019 was no different, and we accelerated in several key areas,” said Bekim Protopapa, CEO of Blue Medora. “The pace of product innovation throughout the year was a significant component in driving the momentum we experienced. On average, we brought to market one new metrics or logs source per week. It’s clear our rapid product development is resonating with our users given the impressive year over year growth in our customer base.”

In addition to the standard operating benchmarks, Blue Medora has always had a deep tradition of giving back to the western Michigan community it calls home. A sampling of the organizations Blue Medorians are proud to work with includes:

  • SoftwareGR.org – board member and donors 
  • Bitcamp – Blue Medora hosts a coding camp for 7th and 8th-grade girls
  • FIRST Robotics Team – Blue Medora hosts the practice space and has donated laptops for a local club
  • Django Girls GR, The Right Place, Degage and Friends of GR Parks – volunteers and/or donors.

To learn more about Blue Medora visit our website or request a demo of True Visibility or BindPlane.

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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Announcing Extended Observability and Functionality for Google’s Stackdriver Log Integration through BindPlane

by bluemedora_admin on December 3, 2019

Stackdriver log integration expands functionality across on-prem and multi-cloud Kubernetes, databases and applications with 50+ log sources

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Dec 3, 2019 – IT monitoring integration innovator Blue Medora today announced general availability and open access of 50+ log source integrations through its BindPlane log streaming platform, for all Google’s Stackdriver customers.

This follows the October beta release and announcement from Google Cloud bringing BindPlane’s log services to market at no additional licensing cost to Stackdriver customers. Stackdriver and BindPlane together bring an in-depth hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud and on-premises view into a single dashboard, connecting health and performance signals from a wide variety of Google and non-Google Cloud Platform (GCP) sources. The managed log streaming capability simplifies extending Stackdriver’s observability to enterprise customer data centers and other public clouds. The addition of log source ingestion complements BindPlane’s existing metrics data pipelining capabilities.

The 50+ preconfigured log source integrations include Kubernetes, Amazon EKS and Azure AKS, along with support for key workloads including Windows applications, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Elasticsearch, Kafka, NGINX and more. They allow Stackdriver customers to unify event analysis, even when running multiple Kubernetes orchestrated services across Google Cloud, New Relic, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and private data centers. These capabilities also enable diagnosing production issues for application stacks running on Google Cloud VMs. With new product functionality including fully customizable log parsing and formatting, Stackdriver customers can now search on a specific log tag within groups of logs to identify issues faster and quickly match sources to log records. BindPlane automates the collection and enhancement of diverse IT operations data and the metadata that exposes IT relationships. Designed to address the complexity of managing operations data in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, this data stream improves upon the analytics of popular monitoring platforms including Stackdriver, Azure Monitor, New Relic, VMware, Datadog and others. With the possibility of configuring multiple systems sending log data to Stackdriver, BindPlane now allows for remote agent updates from a central location, saving administrators time by not needing to access each individual system to update their log agents.

“The BindPlane for Stackdriver solution has saved us significant money and effort otherwise spent on managing additional SIEM logging tools and open source solutions,” said Timothy Wright, Founder at Eastbound Technology.

“As BindPlane continues to grow, introducing log monitoring was the next step for providing single pane health and performance monitoring to our customers,” said Mike Kelly, Chief Technology Officer, Blue Medora. “Our greatest value is continuing to offer a wide range of integrations and types of monitoring as possible. We’ll continue to build these integrations within our customers’ preferred monitoring tools, like Stackdriver, to make sure we offer the most extensive monitoring and observability capabilities.”

Stackdriver brings together application performance tracing, logs, and infrastructure monitoring functions into a single tool. “Our partnership with BindPlane has extended Stackdriver’s capabilities for monitoring logs and metrics to help support our customers’ dynamic and hybrid environments,” said Rami Shalom, Product Manager, Google Cloud. “The integration of BindPlane unlocks a real-time, dimensional data stream that allows our customers to monitor non-GCP public cloud resources that are vital to understanding their full picture health, all within Stackdriver.”

BindPlane currently supports as many as 150 operations data sources that support monitoring of non-GCP public cloud resources including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, and IBM Cloud. It also monitors critical workloads and databases on GCP (or data center) virtual machines and on-premises infrastructure.

Details on how to deploy Stackdriver with BindPlane can be found on Google Cloud’s website.

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

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

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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 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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