The Canadian startup CiRBA has been quite under the radar for a long time now. Excluding a minor update for its flagship product Data Center Intelligence (DCE), released in May, the company didn’t show much progress (DCE 5.0 was released in June 2008).
So it’s a positive news that the company is working to enter new markets. CiRBA in fact just signed an agreement with Hitachi to offer DCE as a service for the Japanese market. For those customers that want the product on premises, Hitachi can resell it too.
This move is also trying to counter the competition coming from vendors like Lanamark or Liquidware Labs, which initially preferred to approach the market through a network of managed services partners and only now are starting to approach end-users with direct sales.