Arkin Net announced the general availability of the Arkin Visibility Platform this morning, offering a clearer look at converged operations within the software-defined data center (SDDC). The platform can be deployed either on-premises or as a service within the Arkin cloud.
Separately, Arkin announced $15 million in Series B funding, led by new and prior investors, including Nexus Venture Partners and B.V. Jagadeesh, the former CEO of NetScaler, as well as other industry veterans and investors.
Arkin has assembled a world-class team of engineers and architects from diverse backgrounds such as virtualization, networking, enterprise software, cloud scale social platforms and consumer design. Arkin founders are veterans when it comes to building enterprise-grade, industry-leading solutions.
Since the company’s launch 18 months ago, Arkin has been on a journey to radically redefine IT operations for the new SDDC, says Mahesh Kumar, Arkin‘s chief marketing officer. The big question it’s trying to answer: How do we better operationalize the infrastructure?
Arkin believes that in hyperconverged infrastructure and SDN, the operations model is essentially absent. In order to solve this, the Arkin Visibility Platform brings peerless visibility between virtual and physical layers, removing a major hurdle within the SDDC. This should let operations teams better understand how specific workloads are tied to the infrastructure, regardless of what type of workloads they might be.
Kumar says the SDDC is facing three major challenges: A need for better understanding of the connection between compute, network, security, and storage; visibility voids across virtual and physical layers; and lastly, the inefficiency of operational tools for successful deployment and management of SDDCs. The Arkin Visibility Platform, he says, addresses these barriers directly.
With a Google-esque search functionality, users can see what’s happening within their data centers. Regardless of their vantage point, the Arkin platform fills in the relevant information as dictated by the user. With the ability to rapidly troubleshoot data center problems and provide consistent security, the platform also offers an easy on-ramp for micro-segmentation, as well as collaboration between the IT silos of compute, network, security, and storage.
“Why is IT software so far behind compared to what we are using in our day-to-day life? Why not bring that to the data center?” asks Kumar. “That’s what Arkin is doing with Arkin Visibility Platform.”