Zenoss taps $25M to monitor the IT universe

Zenoss, which competes with offerings from computer giants IBM(s ibm), CA(s ca), and HP(s hpq) to monitor IT regardless of how it’s deployed, just closed $25 million in Series C funding which will help it staff up its international presence, said Zenoss CEO Bill Karpovich.

The funding round was led by new investor Summit Partners with additional contributions from Grotech Ventures, Intersouth Partners and Boulder Ventures. It brings total funding to date to $45 million.

The company’s software — which monitors the use of IT assets, provides root cause analysis and automates remediation — is available in open-source and commercial versions. Three-quarters of the company’s user base is outside the US, mostly using its open-source version. “Just 20 percent of our commercial user base is international so we need hire there and better support our global partners Accenture and Cisco(s csco), which resell us,” Karpovich says.

Zenoss will also fund more research and development to improve the real-time analytics in its software, he said.

As more companies put compute loads outside their firewalls — to Amazon(s amzn) EC2 or other clouds — the need for a unified way to track operations is getting more critical. The CEO of a startup that’s making its name monitoring businesses’ use of Amazon cloud said the prospect of companies like Zenoss and Solar Winds making a concerted push there is what keeps him up at night. He did not want to be quoted by name.

Karpovich had no comment when asked whether Zenoss — which already offers a “Zenpack” to monitor AWS — will bulk up its efforts there,  but did say that Zenoss can “provide visibility” across the spectrum of physical, virtual and cloud resources.