Even as AppDynamics Inc. this week raised $158 million and discussed the possibility of going public like several of its competitors, venture capitalists are backing the next generation of application monitoring and analytics software.
One startup, OpsClarity Inc., emerged Thursday with $11 million in funding and software that applies techniques developed by consumer Web companies such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc.FB +0.98% and Yahoo Inc. to IT operations, which co-founder and Chief Executive Dhruv Jain said have been in the “dark ages.”
The company was started in 2013 and on Thursday launched its software, which it has been testing with beta customers for about 18 months. Beta testers range from startups like the ad-tech company C1X Inc. to public companies.
The Web fundamentally changed how applications are developed, but the problem of knowing how well and reliably they’re performing has been around for at least 30 years.
OpsClarity applies modern techniques to this problem–machine learning, data streaming, visualization–to suck in data and create a map of a company’s application architecture “like you would draw it on a white board…We can automate data collection, understanding the baselines of every metric for anomaly detection, understand the connectivity of systems and hence help you to [correlate problems] more quickly,” Mr. Jain said.
Because these frameworks are constantly enriched with new data, they’re alive, he said, like Google Maps. It has long been assumed that “engineers can live with crappy user interfaces,” he said, “but that’s not true any longer.” Read more....