Open Source Commitment
When we started Blue Gecko, we relied heavily on free, open-source software because:
- As a startup we couldn’t afford most commercial solutions.
- Well, mostly we chose not to afford most commercial solutions.
Fortunately, there is a lot of good open-source software out there. For example, we adopted Nagios as a monitoring framework not only because it was freely available, but because the monitoring framework was so technology agnostic: We could write a plug-in to do anything we wanted and as long as we followed the API, we could monitor anything in a nice, clean, consistent manner.
We wrote a lot of monitors and other tools to support our growing business and at this point, we feel one product is polished and road-tested enough to give back to the community that so generously helped us grow.
We sincerely hope that this first tool, Monocle will allow DBAs and System Administrators to better monitor and extend monitoring for their Oracle databases without paying exorbitant fees or installing software they don’t want. Check out our start in the community open-source Oracle monitoring.
Blue Gecko is committed to user groups and community technology organizations. We currently organize, chair, or regularly host:
- Seattle MySQL Meetup
- Western Washington Oracle Users Group
- Seattle Oracle Applications Technology Group
We are regular contributors and presenters at local, national, and international conferences including:
- Oracle OpenWorld
- Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group
- Northern California Oracle User Group
- Northwest Oracle User Group
Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010