Nutanix today said it reached a deal to acquire cloud app monitoring startup Netsil for an undisclosed price. San Francisco-based Netsil’s technology provides discovery and management tools for applications running in virtual machines (VMs) or containers.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Netsil has raised $5.7 million, according to Crunchbase.
The deal marks Nutanix’s second acquisition this month. On March 1 the company announced plans to buy multi-cloud management startup Minjar, which sells a service that lets customers compare costs across public clouds.
Both recent purchases will boost Nutanix’s cloud networking stack as it shifts to a software-only business.
Netsil’s Application Operations Center provides the ability to “listen,” which can allow DevOps teams to gauge the performance of applications and potentially head off any issues. In fact, its name is “listen” spelled backwards.
The Netsil acquisition will also make container management native to Nutanix’s operating system (OS). Nutanix plans to integrate Netsil’s technology with its Enterprise Cloud OS, where it will “play a pretty central role to our overall networking features we call Flow,” said Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey.
As enterprises adopt microservices and containers alongside VMs, they need to be able to fix problems with containerized applications, Pandey said. “You need observability, visualization, debugging, and monitoring capabilities,” he explained. “Netsil is able to do those both for VMs and containers.”
Netsil’s technology requires no code changes for existing apps. It is also hypervisor and cloud agnostic. 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.
“So you get that extreme multi-cloud capability that makes our own multi-cloud story that much more honest,” Pandey said.