Nalini Elkins, our Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, is a recognized leader in the field of computer performance measurement and analysis. In addition to being an experienced software product designer, developer, and planner, she has been the founder or Co-founder of three start-ups in the high-tech arena.
Nalini has a strong computer networking background, but specializes in network performance analysis, measurement, monitoring,
tuning, and troubleshooting of large enterprise computing networks including TCP/IP and SNA. One of her specialties is training
and network design for IPv6 migration.
Nalini started her career working as an applications developer for Farm Bureau Insurance in Indiana and Decimus Corporation
in San Francisco. It was at Decimus that she developed her initial expertise and love for networks and network performance analysis.
Nalini further honed her network design, performance, and diagnostics expertise during her tenure at Chevron Corporation. At that time,
Chevron had one of the most complex networks in the world. Nalini helped to design their worldwide networks. In fact, she was one of
the chief architects responsible for the merger of the Chevron and Gulf networks.
The classes Nalini produces and instructs, and the products she develops, are designed with the needs of systems programmers and
network troubleshooters as a key requirement. Nalini has an excellent understanding for these needs because she was in their shoes
for many years.
While at Chevron, Nalini developed an expert system for diagnosing network hardware problems. The marketing rights for this product
were sold to Boole & Babbage (which was later taken over by BMC). Nalini then joined Boole to further develop and support this product.
After some time at Boole, Nalini joined some other Boole employees in Co-founding a new company – Applied Expert Systems.
As Technical Co-founder, Nalini helped to design and develop a number of products in the SNA and TCP/IP network management area.
These products included expert systems for SNA diagnostics, web performance diagnostics, TCP/IP routing diagnosis and TCP/IP network
management. She was the Chief Developer of the product IBM OEMed and marketed as the first version of NetView Performance Monitor for
Nalini also founded Inside Products, Inc. in 2001 to design, develop and market network management software. The products include:
the Inside the Stack TCP/IP monitor, TCP Problem Finder, TCP Response Time Monitor, SSL Problem Finder, IPv6 Problem Finder, and
Connection Log. Inside Products has many popular training classes attended by some of the largest corporations in the U.S.,
Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Inside Products provides consulting for IPv6 and to resolve
network problems such as FTP throughput, socket application performance and TCP/IP tuning.
Nalini has published numerous articles in publications such as zJournal, Technical Support, Xephon’s TCP/IP Update, and Enterprise
Systems Journal. Nalini is also a regular speaker at SHARE, NASPA, both national and regional Computer Measurement Groups (CMGs),
and a variety of international conferences. .
She is the Co-founder of two non-profits: the Industry Network Technology Council (www.industrynetcouncil.org) and Indian Internet
Engineering Society (IIESoc) https://www.iiesoc.in/. Nalini currently serves on the Advisory Board of IIESoc.
In 2014, Nalini was awarded the prestigious AA Michelson Award by the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). She was recognized for
her contribution to the industry, innovative software analysis tools and contributor to IPv6 standards.
Nalini is considered a technical innovator in Internet security and protocols and has published standards for the Internet including
‘RFC8250: Performance Diagnostics and Metrics for IPv6’. Her latest interests are in the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Message
Layer Security (MLS) protocols.