SOURCE: Zenoss, Inc.

May 09, 2008 11:04 ET

Zenoss Announces Sponsorship of Twisted, an Open Source Python-Powered Programming Engine

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Zenoss Inc., a leading provider of open source network, systems and application management software, today announced its Gold Sponsorship of the newly formed non-profit Twisted Software Foundation (TSF), which provides a venue for individuals and organizations to contribute to the development of open source technologies.

"As early as two years ago, many people still questioned the use of open source software in the enterprise," said Glyph Lefkowitz, founder of Twisted. "Forward-thinking companies like Zenoss are proving that through collaboration and community involvement open source software is not only ready for, but can excel in, an enterprise environment. The Twisted project enables companies like Zenoss to benefit from the collective input of a highly technical and savvy community."

Twisted is an event-driven network-programming framework written in Python, a dynamic object-oriented programming language. Companies and individuals have the opportunity to join the TSF sponsor forum, dedicated to discussing top-priority issues and features. By allowing high-profile Twisted users to cast their "votes" on the direction of the project, TSF aims to bring additional momentum to an already active and vocal community. In doing so, TSF provides businesses with a means of engaging in development conversations in a way that is meaningful for them.

Twisted provides the foundation for Zenoss' scalable, agent-less collectors. It allows Zenoss daemons to talk to hundreds of enterprise systems simultaneously, with low overheads, using standard protocols like SNMP. In addition, Twisted provides the internal communications between distributed collectors.

"At Zenoss our software lives and breathes Twisted, and as a commercial open source company we feel it's important to give back to the projects we use," said Erik Dahl, Co-Founder and CTO of Zenoss, Inc. "Last year we began a dialogue with Glyph regarding ways to help the project, and now the idea has come to fruition with the founding of the TSF. We are proud to have played a role in the foundation's birth and we look forward to contributing to it as it grows."

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About Zenoss, Inc.

Zenoss Inc. delivers open source IT management solutions to organizations across the globe. Flagship product Zenoss Core is a complete network monitoring and systems management platform that discovers networked IT resources, monitors them for performance and availability, and tracks changes through a configuration management database (CMDB). One of the ten most active projects on SourceForge.Net, Zenoss software was downloaded over 350,000 times in 2007. Recent product accolades include Network World's Clear Choice Award, Enterprise Open Source Magazine Readers' Choice Award, and a nomination for Best Technical Design in the SourceForge 2007 Community Choice Awards. Zenoss' customers include some of the world's largest corporations as well as Federal and State government agencies. Zenoss, Inc. is privately held and headquartered in Annapolis, MD. Download Zenoss Core free at

About Twisted

Twisted is an event-based engine for Internet applications, written in Python. Twisted supports TCP, SSL and TLS, UDP, Unix sockets, multicast, and serial ports. It also includes a Web server, an SMTP/POP3 server, a telnet server, an SSH server, an IRC server, a DNS server, and of course APIs for creating new protocols. It supports integration with GTK+ 2, Qt, Tkinter, wxPython, Mac OS X (PyObjC) and Win32 event loops.

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