Kentik emerged from stealth to reveal details of a cloud-based platform for network visibility that delivers an exceptional degree of visibility into network performance and operations in comparison to existing products. Formerly known as CloudHelix, the Kentik direct service aggregates network-related data from customers into a non-relational database and subsequently performs analytics to give customers real-time visibility into traffic within their network infrastructures. Kentik allows customers to upload data directly to its SaaS platform or to a virtual appliance that encrypts the data prior to its transmission. The solution has gained early traction with customers such as Box and Yelp in addition to large internet service providers. Sam Eaton, Director of Engineering Operations at Yelp, remarked on the innovation enabled by Kentik as follows:
Kentik has given us the insight and visibility that we have not been able to achieve through other network performance monitoring products or open source tools. With over 100 million average monthly unique visitors coming to Yelp, we see traffic reaching many gigabits per second, so it’s critical for us to be able to look deeply into all network traffic in real time and gain real insight. That’s where Kentik has helped. We can see things we simply couldn’t see before.
Here, Eaton remarks on Kentik’s ability to deliver real-time, granular insights into Yelp traffic that exceeds “gigabits per second.” Similarly, Box.com leverages Kentik to obtain geography-specific insights into network traffic that allow for timely and proactive remediation of network-related problems before they intensify. Today, Kentik also announces the finalization of $12M in Series A funding led by August Capital. The company’s Big Data platform for aggregating and analyzing network data aims to disrupt networking analytics by delivering an unparalleled degree of insight into network behavior in ways that support high availability, performance optimization and security-related use cases.
This week, Metanautix announced the launch of Quest 2.0, the latest version of its platform for querying relational and non-relational datasets to enable customers to obtain an integrated, 360 degree view of data spanning disparate datasets and repositories. Quest 2.0 features software-defined data marts that allow customers to build data marts using virtualization technology to create discrete repositories for data for individual business units and business processes. Enterprise IT departments retain the ability to deliver centralized management and review of software-defined data marts across an organization. Meanwhile, the data marts empower business units to ingest, analyze and visualize data with enhanced operational agility in comparison to enterprise data warehouses. Quest 2.0 accelerates the pace of data analysis within an organization while concurrently offering centralized governance, audit control and security functionality. The solution brings the ability of the Metanautix Compute Engine to perform analytics across a multitude of datasets while empowering business units to take ownership of their data strategy, analytic roadmap and data practices.
On Tuesday, ActiveState announced a partnership with Microsoft Azure that renders the Stackato Platform as a Service available on Azure. Built on Cloud Foundry, Stackato PaaS supports Docker and integrates with a multitude of third party products such as New Relic, Splunk and various database platforms. Stackato’s enterprise-grade PaaS platform enhances the operational agility of developers by delivering a pre-configured, polyglot application development stack based on the open source Cloud Foundry platform. Stackato’s enterprise-grade security and professional services offerings allows customers to leverage the benefits of an open source platform derived from the contributions of developers all over the world, in conjunction with enterprise-grade user management and security functionality. Moreover, Stackato’s support for Docker renders it ideal for the development of distributed applications marked by enhanced portability both at the level of individual and multiple containers. ActiveState’s partnership with Microsoft Azure marks a coup for Stackato given that it is now available on one of the industry’s most popular IaaS platforms. Conversely, Stackato’s availability on Microsoft Azure represents yet another feather in Azure’s cap and a differentiator from Amazon Web Services, which offers only one PaaS on its IaaS platform in the form of Elastic Beanstalk. Azure already features Apprenda as another enterprise-grade PaaS on its platform in a clear sign that it intends to continue to differentiate itself from AWS by supporting a wider range of vendors and third party partnerships. With Apprenda and ActiveState Stackato available on its platform, Azure stands poised to brand itself as the IaaS with the richest set of partnership offerings, particularly in the PaaS space where IaaS and PaaS partnerships continue to proliferate as evinced by the forthcoming availability of both ActiveState Stackato and Apprenda on the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace. Meanwhile, Stackato’s Cloud Foundry-based polyglot PaaS functionality and support for Docker renders it a leader in enterprise PaaS that promises to broaden its reach further by means of its collaboration with Azure.
SnowFlake Computing recently announced the general availability of the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, a SQL data warehouse available as a Software as a Service deployment on the Amazon Web Services cloud. The SnowFlake Data Warehouse represents a data warehouse designed for cloud infrastructures that decouples storage from computing, thereby enabling customers to benefit from the low costs of public cloud storage as well as on demand computing. As a fully managed solution, the SnowFlake Data Warehouse gives customers the freedom to store and access cloud-based structured and semi-structured data without the hassle of managing the infrastructure or taking responsibility for the infrastructure’s elasticity, scalability, availability and security. In conjunction with the news of the general availability of the SnowFlake Elastic Data Warehouse, SnowFlake Computing also announced the finalization of $45M in Series C funding led by Altimeter Capital with additional participation from existing investors Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures. The capital raise validates the vision behind SnowFlake’s disruptive model of cloud-based data warehousing. Architected for the cloud, the SnowFlake Data Warehouse supports the storage and query of big data in ways that allow enterprises to derive actionable business intelligence from petabytes of transactional data with impressive query response times and latencies.
xMatters recently enhanced its platform for facilitating communication to respond to IT incidents and reduce business downtime. The xMatters cloud-based platform allows teams to quickly alert IT stakeholders to service disruptions and automate workflows that promote effective incident response and updates. Enhanced xMatters functionality includes improved scheduling capabilities, more robust conferencing and reporting functionality, deepened integration with third party systems that contain data relevant to the population of incident tickets and improved mobile functionality for Android and iOS applications. Collectively, the upgrades consolidate the leadership position had by xMatters in the space of communication and workflow management platforms for business processes by improving the operational agility required to expeditiously respond to service disruptions and IT incidents.
On June 15, Rancher Labs announced the availability in Beta of Rancher, an open source platform for managing infrastructure for containers. Rancher’s platform delivers enhanced visibility into infrastructure performance for environments that include Docker containers. The platform enables communication between containers residing on different hosts or cloud platforms in conjunction with elastic load balancing functionality that optimizes the distribution of resources across different containers. Additionally, the Rancher platform’s functionality includes storage management, resource management and service-discovery that allows for the discovery of services subsequent to container self-registration as services within a specific infrastructure. Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, remarked on the significance of the Rancher platform as follows:
Much of the excitement around Docker is its use as a universal packaging and distribution format. However, as users deploy containers across different infrastructures, they quickly realize that different clouds, virtualization platforms and bare metal servers have dramatically different infrastructure capabilities. By building a common infrastructure backplane across any resource, Rancher implements an entirely new approach to hybrid cloud computing.
Here, Liang elaborates on the way in which the Rancher platform supports the ability to “deploy containers across different infrastructures” and thereby undergird a technology ecosystem that enables communication between containers housed in different infrastructures. Unlike many of the existing container management platforms, Rancher Labs focuses on infrastructure in contrast to application performance management and, as such, represents one of the increasing number of vendors dedicated to cloud-based infrastructure management and visibility, albeit in this case in the context of container-based applications. The Rancher team features an impressive roster of talent including a leadership team that built Cloud.com, the company that morphed into the well known Apache CloudStack software platform. The Beta release of Rancher builds on the June 9 finalization of a $10M Series A capital raise from Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners.