PagerDuty, a provider of application monitoring software, has just brought home to roost a $43.8 million Series C funding round led by new backer Accel, with further funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, and a second new backer, Harrison Metal.
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Since the inception of the modern software industry in the mid-1980s, the management software industry has been led by the big four: IBM, BMC, HP, and CA. Due to the needs of the software-defined data center and the cloud, a new set of leaders and innovators has emerged. This post will cover the new leaders, and my next post will cover the new innovators.
Back when APM got started, it was used to monitor complex applications that ran on relatively few servers and changed once a year or even less frequently. Now applications are distributed across thousands or even tens of thousands of servers, and they change daily. This requires management vendors to collect more types of data, and to collect this data more frequently which turns APM into a big data problem.
The AppDynamics Big Data Release
This week, AppDynamics announced its Summer 2014 release with a host of major new features. The most interesting of these features is that AppDynamics has decided to put its metric data into an open-source big data back end—Hadoop. This has several implications for the management software industry:
- Like ExtraHop, which has just announced that it has “set [its] data free,” AppDynamics is now taking a leadership position in letting customers use their data for any use case imaginable by putting that data in an open-source database.
- This sharpens the distinction between “commodity data” and “valuable data.” Commodity data is data that is collected by operating systems and devices and made freely available via management APIs, like the vSphere API, WMI, SNMP, and SMIS. Valuable data, like that which AppDynamics collects (detailed interactions of transactions with their application run times across an N-tier system), can only be collected the “hard way,” which is through world-class instrumentation designed with great care by people who really know what they are doing.
- If ExtraHop and AppDynamics are willing to set their “valuable” data free, then what justification is there for a vendor that just collects commodity operating system or network statistics to lock its data up in a vendor-proprietary data store?
You can read more about the new AppDynamics release at the links below:
Splunk no longer has the big data pond to itself in the management software arena. Both ExtraHop and AppDynamics have delivered significant innovations based on open source big data back ends.
In Understanding the Value of Unique Management Data, we pointed out that tools that collect unique data about the performance of infrastructure and applications are more likely to be able to provide you the value you want than tools that just rely on commodity data. In this post, we expose the most frequent marketing lie in the management software industry.
Legacy solutions from IBM, BMC, HP and CA are not going to be the foundations upon which the management stacks for virtualized data centers, the SDDC, private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds will be built. Rather a new ecosystem of management vendors is going to emerge with a new set of leaders providing the core platforms around which the SDDC and clouds are managed.
The traditional view of APM is that APM has been 1) all about custom developed applications, and 2) all about finding the problem in the custom developed code that is creating the performance, throughput, or availability problem. However, as more an more applications are being put in highly distributed, shared, dynamic (virtualized), and cloud based environment, it is increasingly becoming the case that problems in the infrastructure are impacting the applications.