Cloud Computing

Datadog Acquires Mortar Data to Enhance Analytics for Cloud Monitoring

Datadog, the leading SaaS-based monitoring platform for cloud applications, today announced it has acquired Mortar Data, a New York-based startup enabling companies to build and run custom big data applications and data pipelines. With the addition of Mortar Data’s analytics platform and experienced team, this acquisition will extend Datadog’s data analytics capabilities and will soon provide Datadog users with new ways to gain actionable insights from their data.

“Mortar Data has built a sophisticated and highly scalable platform for analyzing massive amounts of data,” said Olivier Pomel, co-founder and CEO of Datadog. “As Mortar Data’s customers we have already been using many of their capabilities. We look forward to using the Mortar Data platform, and the team’s analytics and machine learning expertise, to provide our customers with unique, actionable insights on the hundreds of billions of data points we gather each day.”

Mortar Data’s platform allows users to analyze data and build big data apps with ease. Mortar users can integrate different data sources via robust pipelines and perform complex analyses with custom machine learning applications. The platform accelerates the development and deployment of data projects and then provides operational support by quickly pinpointing issues in production and automatically recovering from transient problems.

“Over the past few years, Datadog has rapidly grown to become the leader in the cloud monitoring space,” said K Young, CEO of Mortar Data. “It became increasingly apparent that together we could accomplish something truly great by making our platform the analytics engine for the massive amounts of performance data that Datadog gathers. Our team is looking forward to joining forces with Datadog, and providing unique capabilities that will help customers quickly find and fix performance anomalies across cloud applications that run at scale.”

“In an IT operations analytics (ITOA) context, machine learning is a crucial addendum to big data platforms and services since it allows for the automated generation of insights into high volume, highly volatile, and highly heterogeneous datasets — insights that would, in most cases, be unavailable without the automated assist,” wrote Will Cappelli, Research VP, Enterprise Management, Gartner. 1

Most recently, Datadog announced a $31M Series C funding round led by existing investor Index Ventures. The company continues to strengthen its leadership position within the market and has seen tremendous year-over-year growth since launching in 2010, adding customers such as Netflix, EA, Spotify, MercadoLibre and AdRoll.

Data Center Server Virtualization

Site24x7 Launches Hybrid, Public Cloud Monitoring at VMworld 2013

Site24x7 , the cloud infrastructure monitoring service from ManageEngine, today announced the launch of monitoring support for hybrid and public cloud environments. Available immediately, the new capabilities let users monitor VMware vSphere® hypervisors as well as Amazon EC2 and RDS web services. The move lets users optimize the uptime and performance of their private, public and hybrid cloud environments from a central Site24x7 console.

ManageEngine is demonstrating the new capabilities in Site24x7 and exhibiting the rest of its IT management portfolio in booth 2410 at VMworld® 2013, which continues through August 29 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Over the course of the show, ManageEngine will also announce major upgrades for Applications Manager, the application performance monitoring solution; OpManager, the network performance management software; and Password Manager Pro, the privileged password management software.

Cloud and virtualization are key technologies for organizations seeking to improve the flexibility and scalability of the IT services delivered to end users. Public cloud services from Amazon let companies run their own applications and services on computing resources externally hosted by Amazon. Constantly monitoring these cloud-hosted applications ensures they perform at expected levels and ensures cloud resources are being effectively utilized. Similarly, highly virtualized infrastructure requires constant monitoring to optimize uptime and performance.

“Last quarter, Site24x7 pushed the envelope by delivering a combination of application performance and infrastructure monitoring,” said Gibu Mathew, director of product management, Site24x7. “With this release, we’re pushing the envelope even further by extending our monitoring capabilities to include all cloud environments. Our support for VMware infrastructure and Amazon services are compelling additions to the existing portfolio of cloud services we provide to help enterprise IT.”

Site24x7 VMware and Amazon Monitoring

Site24x7 now provides insight into the performance of cloud environments based on VMware and Amazon, so IT teams can troubleshoot and resolve problems before end users are affected. Users can plan capacity and make informed decisions when allocating Amazon EC2 and RDS resources. Site24x7 offers a single console for monitoring physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure as well as the applications hosted by cloud resources inside and outside the corporate data center.

Site24x7 monitors the performance metrics of VMware vSphere host servers and guest virtual machines (VMs) and helps to ensure they are performing optimally, at all times. Site24x7 connects with VMware vSphere servers through standard APIs via the Site24x7 On-Premise Poller and determines the health status as well as the performance of the host servers and their corresponding virtual machines. Highlights of Site24x7 VMware monitoring include:

  • Graphical views, alarms and thresholds
  • Out-of-the-box reports
  • Comprehensive fault management and maximum ESX server

Amazon monitoring in Site24x7 provides comprehensive performance metrics of EC2 and RDS instances and ensures peak performance of business-critical applications and services hosted on those Amazon platforms. Site24x7 provides insight into the performance and resource utilization of EC2 and RDS instances and the applications running on them. Highlights of Site24x7 Amazon monitoring include:

  • Real-time availability and health status of the EC2 and RDS instances
  • Root Cause Analysis (RCA) window for troubleshooting problems
  • CPU percentage utilization, network traffic statistics and disk read/write operations

Pricing and Availability

Site24x7 hybrid and public cloud monitoring is available immediately and can be purchased by Enterprise Edition users. Amazon EC2 or RDS support is priced at $1 per instance per month, and VMware monitoring is priced at $1 per VM.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Infrastructure Testing and Cloud-based Application Monitoring – Forecasts to 2017

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan’s new report “Cloud Infrastructure Testing and Cloud-based Application Monitoring” to their offering.

This study covers the state of the cloud infrastructure testing and cloud based application monitoring market examining drivers and restraints for growth, end user trends and geographical trends. Following from these, market growth for regional and market segments are forecasted. In addition, an in-depth analysis of the competitive situation including vendors’ market shares is performed, along with detailed profiles and product portfolio of the key vendors in the industry. The base year is 2010 with forecasts running through 2017. Detailed analysis of four geographic regions namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest-of-World is included.

Enterprise adoption of cloud computing is expected to be the most important factor driving the demand for the market of cloud infrastructure testing and cloud-based application monitoring. Large enterprises and IT organizations prefer to adopt private clouds for primary and backup storage solutions. On the other hand, factors such as data security, privacy concerns, and standard compliance are expected to further drive the demand for test solutions among cloud service providers. Frost & Sullivan performed this research to identify trends and opportunities in the market for test equipment manufacturers to capitalize on this demand for cloud-based test solutions.

Some of the largest end users of cloud computing and cloud service providers have invested significantly in expanding their operations to the Asia Pacific region. Countries such as India, China, and Singapore provide highest security standards with minimal capital expenditure. The Asia Pacific market for cloud infrastructure testing is expected to grow at a faster rate than North American and European markets.

Key Topics Covered:

Executive Summary

Total Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market

  • Evolution of Cloud Computing and Virtualization
  • Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure Testing
  • Importance of Testing the Cloud: User Survey
  • Market Engineering Measurements
  • Market Drivers
  • Market Restraints
  • Revenue Forecast
  • End-user and Application Analysis
  • Geographic Analysis
  • Competitive Structure
  • Product Portfolio
  • Market Share Analysis

Cloud-based Application Monitoring Market

  • Market Definition and Overview
  • Market Engineering Measurements
  • Key Industry Challenges
  • Market Drivers and Market Restraints
  • Revenue Forecast
  • Competitive Structure
  • Product Portfolio
  • Market Share Analysis
  • Key Enablers of Cloud-based Application Monitoring Market

Strategic Recommendations and Conclusions

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Cloud Computing

On-Demand SaaS/Cloud Option for LabTech Remote Monitoring and Management

LabTech Software, the only powerful, robust-featured remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution developed by a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for Managed Service Providers, today announced the availability of LabTech Cloud, a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service option for MSPs. Following this introduction of LabTech Cloud, the company plans to roll out more cloud computing-compatible technologies and services to reduce partners’ operational costs and increase profitability.

Service providers who would like to offer remote management services to their clients often encounter barriers to entry with the cost, time and effort needed to establish an infrastructure and datacenter capable of hosting all required software and customer data. With LabTech Cloud, IT service providers worldwide can immediately offer remote management with little effort and investment by simply subscribing to the service and offering it to their own customers.

“The future of computing isn’t a one-size-fits-all delivery model. By offering both SaaS and on-premise options, we are able to best meet the needs of our partners and prospective partners,” said Matt Nachtrab, CEO, LabTech Software. “Our partners constantly enlighten us to evolving use cases around managed services, but what remains absolute is security, scalability, affordability and value, and LabTech Cloud delivers these while keeping costs manageable.”

LabTech Cloud is the full version of LabTech Software’s award-winning remote monitoring and management solution. Because the application is offered as a subscription service, there is no need for administrators to buy and provision hardware. Installation and setup is minimal, with license fees based on a pay-as-you-go model in addition to free LabTech upgrades, at no additional cost, as new updates become available. Cloud-based software provides additional value by enabling rapid deployment to worldwide partners regardless of physical location, including those in LabTech Software’s recently announced Asian and European distribution markets.

LabTech Software is the IT management tool of choice for a wide range of clients from small businesses to large enterprises. LabTech provides an arsenal of IT management tools in one interface such as remote desktop, monitoring, trouble ticket tracking, user information, support and software management. LabTech’s affordable, powerful, agent-based solution quickly transforms solution providers into managed service providers.

Cloud Computing Network Virtualization

Lancope Achieves Significant Revenue Growth in 2011

Lancope, Inc., a leader in flow-based security and network performance monitoring, today announced that it achieved remarkable corporate and technology milestones in 2011. These milestones include 13 consecutive quarters of profitability and quadrupling the number of million-dollar deals over the previous year. Overall, Lancope’s revenue grew by 45 percent in 2011, and the company signed on 47 brand new customers, bringing its total customer count to more than 550 enterprises around the globe. Lancope is also experiencing a 95 percent renewal rate among its customers.

“Our accomplishments this year validate the criticality of NetFlow for gaining end-to-end network visibility and maintaining high levels of performance and security for government and enterprise infrastructure,” said Mike Potts, president and CEO of Lancope. “As networks continue to grow in complexity, and online attackers become even more nefarious, more and more organizations are turning to Lancope’s flow-based monitoring technology to fill in the gaps left by conventional security solutions.”

Lancope also achieved several significant advancements in its StealthWatch System in 2011. Unlike conventional solutions that block attacks at the perimeter or rely on signature updates, StealthWatch leverages NetFlow and other types of flow data from existing systems to provide comprehensive, continuous awareness of everything happening on the network. This complete visibility eliminates network blind spots and dramatically expedites troubleshooting for a wide range of network and security issues – at a fraction of the cost of traditional monitoring solutions.

With the launch of StealthWatch 6.0 in early 2011, Lancope added key capabilities for application awareness, advanced reporting and relational flow mapping. Q3 2011 saw the subsequent release of StealthWatch 6.1, which extended behavioral analytics to perimeter devices like firewalls, enabling the integration of internal and external monitoring for more advanced contextual awareness.

Version 6.1 also doubled StealthWatch’s maximum flow processing speed to 3 million flows per second, and expanded its storage capabilities to up to four terabytes. To further assist customers in achieving a single, consolidated view into their network infrastructure, Lancope also added interoperability with SIEM technology from HP ArcSight into StealthWatch in 2011.

These efforts resulted in several awards for Lancope, including one for “Best Network Security” in the GSN Homeland Security Awards, as well as the Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Enhancement Award for Network Performance and Cloud-Based Application Monitoring. The company was also invited to present at several prominent industry events in 2011, including Interop, Infosecurity Europe, Cisco Live and several vertical conferences in the healthcare and education sectors.

User education continued to be a major focus for Lancope in 2011 as the company advised enterprises on how to maximize their use of flow data for vastly improved network and security operations. Lancope presented more than 30 of its popular ‘University of NetFlow’ seminars last year, as well as monthly webinars with guests including Cisco and Forrester Research. Lancope also collaborated with Enterprise Management Associates in 2011 to examine and produce an educational report on NetFlow trends and usages.

“As a result of trends such as IT consumerization and virtualization, the threat landscape and enterprise computing requirements will continue to become more intricate in 2012 and beyond,” added Potts. “Now more than ever, organizations need to seek out advanced solutions like StealthWatch to keep them at the leading edge of security.”


Zyrion Automation Solutions Simplify Monitoring of Distributed Cloud Infrastructures

Zyrion Inc., a leading provider of Cloud and IT Monitoring software solutions, today announced the availability of the Traverse Automation Module that dramatically simplifies monitoring the performance of distributed, heterogeneous cloud infrastructures.

Following up on Zyrion’s successful launch earlier this year of the ‘Data Capture and Processing’ module for seamless monitoring of Cloud technologies like VMware, Xen and AWS, this next stage of Cloud management advancements from Zyrion focus on ‘Automation’. The third phase of Zyrion’s platform evolution will be centered on ‘Intelligence & Predictive Analytics’ capability, and will be available by year end.

As adoption of Virtualization and Cloud infrastructures accelerates, IT organizations worldwide are starting to attain significant economy-of-scale benefits. Reduction in costs for incremental units of computing power, the ability to more easily flex up and down as needed, and the lack of restrictions imposed by the traditional models, are driving a marked increase in the consumption of computing and application resources as organizations are being freed up to do more. But unless steps are taken to deal with the resulting increase in the administration burden, the efficiency gains realized from shared, flexible IT infrastructure will be outstripped by the high cost of managing a more dynamic environment.

JP Garbani, principal analyst at Forrester Research said – “At Forrester, we believe that complexity is the main issue that IT operations are facing today, and that this complexity overwhelms most organizations, making them inefficient. Gaining the right level of productivity in IT operations will come from using better tools, and, specifically, automation.”

Zyrion’s new Traverse Automation Module is designed to help IT administrators keep up with exponential growth in performance monitoring demands as the volume of discrete virtual servers, IT components and applications explodes. Zyrion overcomes the limitations of manually-intensive legacy monitoring tools, and provides sophisticated automation features to help organizations address the significant challenge of detecting and resolving issues in a timely manner, given the increased virtual and cloud infrastructure sprawl.

Specific advancements in Zyrion’s monitoring software platform include:

  • Dynamic Linked Templates: Allows administrators to create a master definition for monitoring a particular type of cloud component which includes alarm thresholds, event-driven actions, notifications, schedules and more. Any number of child components can then be linked to the master, and have their full definition based on whatever has been specified for the master. More importantly, whenever changes are made to the master, these changes are seamlessly propagated to all linked child components.
  • Dentralized Configuration Management: Administrators can perform all monitoring configuration operations and changes for a heterogeneous IT environment – physical, virtual, cloud – from within a single UI, requiring no separate access to any remote applications, devices or locations.
  • Workload Management Integration: Includes API and plug-in framework extensions to enable automated resource provisioning or resource deletion based on performance metrics crossing defined thresholds. Service Container rules, Composite metrics and the sophisticated escalation framework can be used to initiate complex resource change actions.

“These most recent automation enhancements in our monitoring platform are designed to help IT organizations deal with the increased administration burden of monitoring expanding virtual and cloud infrastructures,” said Vikas Aggarwal, CEO of Zyrion. “One of our customers went from having to monitor 1000 distinct physical servers before a virtualization project began, to now having to manage over 7000 virtual servers after the first phase of the initiative. Our goal is to help our users automate and simplify many of the routine monitoring tasks, allowing their IT personnel to focus on the deeper and more complex administration activities.” “The latest addition to Zyrion’s lineup is really pragmatically relevant and needed”, says analyst Dennis Drogseth, VP at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). “This is automation, but very focused on the administrative burden in operations.”

Zyrion is the leading provider of integrated Cloud and IT Monitoring software solution using ITIL Business Service Management (BSM) technology for distributed and complex datacenter environments. Zyrion’s flagship Traverse software provides seamless, correlated, end-to-end, service-oriented views of the entire IT infrastructure performance – physical, virtual and cloud.