Open source management tools gaining traction

Open source management software has become a viable alternative to commercial products, and a recent rash of partnerships proves it, one analyst says.

Red Hat and Hyperic have announced they are collaborating on a common platform designed to speed systems management improvements to open source software.

Separately, Nagios Enterprise, the commercial arm of the Nagios open source monitoring software, and GroundWork Open Source, are planning to jointly develop and deliver services around open source IT monitoring and management.