DE-based SevOne tracks Comcast web, video, phone traffic

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Specialist Arthur Andrews, foreground, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  SevOne Inc., a Newark, Del. firm that tracks corporate data traffic through its Performance Appliance Solution (PAS) software, says it's landed Comcast as its largest client. SevOne replaced "a slow and tedious process" for reporting data through its national service center with "instant access to locally-based, real-time reports," while saving Comcast 75 percent of its previous expense, Comcast director of network surveillance Jeff Gill said in a statement issued by SevOne.

  SevOne was started by a group of Delaware bank-data techs who moonlighted as adjunct computer-programming faculty at the University of Delaware, said president Michael Phelan. They wrote programs applying the open-architecture and Google-based solutions they were teaching to data problems at the banks where they worked.

  The company got investment backing last year from Jefferson University chairman Robert S. Adelson's Osage Ventures, Philadelphia, which counts Zany Brainy stores and GHR Systems (now part of Metavante) among its previous investments, along with SunGard Data Systems founder John Ryan and others. SevOne also lists Chase Credit Card Services, Credit Suisse, New York University and Thomson Reuters among its clients.  

   "Even in this challenging financial market, we're finding some very big entities coming to us to solve some difficult problems," said Phelan. SevOne shows clients the "bottlenecks" in their networks. "It's like putting a speedometer and an audit trail on anything that data flows through. 'How is data flowing across this circuit or this server or this application, how fast is it going, is there any problem?'" The data is delivered online in graphical reports.

  SevOne employs 30 at the Delaware Technology Park at UD's campus, which has enabled UD grads who work their as programmers to avoid the usual choice of joinng a credit card bank or moving to Silicon Valley, Phelan said.