U.K. data center startup Sumerian Networks is extending its network and performance monitoring business across Europe -- and it's doing so without a dime of venture capital backing.
The company was set up in 2002 by David Sibbald and Martin Velasco, the former chairman and non-executive director, respectively, of U.K. software company Atlantech. Sibbald and Geneva-based Velasco stumped up the $1.84 million in seed capital to get the business up and running, and just over two months ago, the company broken even. Sibbald founded Atlantech in 1992, and that company was sold to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) eight years later for $212 million.
According to Sibbald, Sumerian offers a range of performance and network monitoring services -- typically to companies in the financial sector with over 10,000 employees. This includes mainframe, server, and network traffic monitoring, as well as application monitoring.
Sumerian uses software agents that collect the information from customers devices. This data is then sent back to the startups Edinburgh data center, where it is collated and analyzed.
Sibbald says that the company is working with three very large companies to solve some very thorny problems in their IT infrastructures. Although he was unwilling to name the clients involved, Sibbald did provide an example of the work undertaken.