Visibility into increasingly complex cloud deployments continues to draw new solutions, with Netsil emerging from stealth mode and launching a platform designed to monitor performance of those deployments.
The company’s Application Operations Center is designed to provide monitoring into all cloud platforms and dependencies, including containers. This ability to “listen” can allow DevOps teams to gauge the performance of those deployments and potentially head off any issues.
(And in case you didn’t catch it…it had to be pointed out to me…the company’s name is “listen” spelled backward.)
AOC works from a network level to decipher cloud platform operating metrics, like latency, throughput, error rates for application programming interface (API) calls, and database queries. It also automatically detects cloud platforms and container deployments, including Docker containers and Kubernetes pods, and can map interaction between those components.
The AOC platform is available through either a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or self-hosted deployment model. It’s designed to work on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and VMware vSphere. Container platform support includes the majors in Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and Docker.
Shariq Rizvi, COO and co-founder of Netsil, boastfully said the product was like the “Google Maps for cloud applications.”
“It can see the routes, congestion, and any current or potential bottlenecks,” Rizvi said of the product.
Harjot Gill, CEO and co-founder at Netsil, said the Kubernetes support uses a single collector agent per node to map hosts, namespaces, services, and pods. This insight allows DevOps teams to diagnose issues such as service configuration, service reachability, and service creation.
AOC can also tackle serverless deployments, though Gill said that market is still in its infancy and thus Netsil was not seeing much focus on that capability as of yet.
Compared to some if its application performance monitoring (APM) rivals, Gill said the AOC platform is code agnostic. He cited more monolithic approaches from companies like Cisco’s AppDynamics and Dynatrace that can have trouble seeing into open source environments because they use unsupported programming languages.
“These other platforms can have blind spots that we do not suffer from due to our architecture,” Gill said. “We do not rely on code changes, which helps monitoring and is easier for developers to use.”
Gill said the company has been working on the platform for 18 months. Netsil is operating under seed funding from Mayfield Fund, Engineering Capital, and Moment Ventures.