APM, Midmarket, Mergers and Acquisitions

Presidio Applauds Cisco-AppDynamics Deal

Vinu Thomas
Vinu Thomas

When Cisco Systems confirmed plans to buy AppDynamics Tuesday evening, partners like Presidio applauded the deal's potential.

AppDynamics specializes in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and associated management tools. Presidio, a hybrid IT service provider that works closely with Cisco, sees considerable potential for the deal.

The AppDynamics buyout has implications across the network, security and application worlds, according to Presidio CTO Vinu Thomas. Cisco's acquisition of Cliqr (which offers CloudCenter) and now AppDynamics "shows their commitment" to help partners provision applications in a multi-cloud world. And that multi-cloud world, he added, extends to the Internet of Things.

Overall, Thomas expects AppDynamics to give customers and partners a unique way to view and manage the overall business and customer experience.

No doubt, Presidio needs APM-type platforms as part of its overall IT management strategy. The company in recent years transformed from an IT solutions provider into a $2.7 billion hybrid IT service provider. The effort now includes multiple public, private and hybrid cloud options. Moreover, Presidio has worked on multiple IoT projects -- including a school bus monitoring system in Texas.

Cisco-AppDynamics Rivals

Despite early applause, the Cisco-AppDynamics business combination will face plenty of competition. New Relic, another APM provider, is extending down into infrastructure management. And Datadog is extending from infrastructure management up to application monitoring.

Moreover, companies like CA Technologies, Dynatrace and SolarWinds offer various APM tools of their own.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.