Analytics company Pepperdata announced today the launch of its Application Profiler — a platform that developers can use to understand how to optimize the capacity of applications running within their networks.
The Pepperdata Application Profiler is essentially a big data production platform that is accompanied by three products — a cluster analyzer, a capacity optimizer, and a policy enforcer.
Pepperdata’s cluster analyzer collects data, presents it in a dashboard, and correlates that data with what an application is actually doing so developers can visually understand issues and debug them, says Chad Carson, Pepperdata co-founder.
The capacity optimizer is essentially a load balancer for big data applications. It distributes traffic where it is needed and guarantees that capacity is being distributed.
The platform also allows organizations to define what applications or services are most important to them, and the policy enforcer will prioritize the applications to make sure that there is enough capacity for the platform to function properly.
Application Profiler is based off the open source Dr. Elephant project created by LinkedIn, and its software is integrated with the open source project as well. Dr. Elephant is a set of monitoring tools for Hadoop and Spark, and it automatically gathers metrics to increase cluster efficiency. It gives developers suggestions of what to change in their code when there is a bug or a capacity issue.
Pepperdata’s software is essentially the same as Dr. Elephant except it’s packaged with more features to provide more context. Because Dr. Elephant is open source, Pepperdata’s software both uses and contributes to code when anomalies are identified, says Carson.
The platform is currently available in early access and will be generally available in the second quarter of 2017. Pepperdata’s customers include Comcast, Zillow, and NBCUniversal.
Co-founders Carson and Sean Suchter met while working at Yahoo and left to start Pepperdata, which they launched in 2012. Former Yahoo CTO Ash Munshi became the company’s CEO eight months ago. The Cupertino, California-based company has 25 employees — the majority of which are engineers, Carson says.