Nalini Elkins

CEO and Founder of Inside Products, Inc.

Nalini Elkins, the CEO and Founder of Inside Products, Inc., 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 two 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 the hardware configurations of their network. In fact, she was one of the chief architects responsible for the merger of the Chevron and Gulf networks.

During her career Nalini served in groups responsible for network performance design, analysis, troubleshooting, and systems programming. The classes Nalini produces and instructs, and the products she develops, are designed with the needs of systems programmers as a key requirement. Nalini has an excellent understanding for the needs of system programmers 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 TCP/IP.

Nalini 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. Inside Products has international distributors in Australia, the European Union and Israel.

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 variety of international conferences. She was also the founder of the IPv6 Business Information Exchange (BIE).

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.

In 2017, Nalini joined the Advisory Board of the Indian Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc). She will help in recruiting Indian engineers to the IETF. For more information about these organizations, visit the IIESoc and IETF websites.