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Stackdriver’s AWS & Rackspace Cloud Monitor Betas

It is supposed to provide rich insights into the health of cloud-powered systems

Bain Capital-backed Stackdriver, a public cloud monitoring start-up, pushed its widgetry out into public beta Tuesday.

The SaaS stuff currently works on Amazon Web Services and the Rackspace Cloud.

The year-old company says it's got close to 100 AWS customers using its eponymous Stackdriver Intelligent Monitoring to reduce the complexity of managing their cloud-powered applications.

Market research done by Stackdriver's founders Dan Belcher and Izzy Azeri, both veterans of VMware, found the cloud wasn't delivering all the elasticity, performance and security it's cracked up to, forcing users to hire DevOps engineers and write their own scripts, especially as their cloud environments grew larger and more complex.

It also found that the tools to hand weren't designed with the cloud's dynamic nature in mind.

Azeri, who ran M&A at both VMware and its parent company EMC, said, "Hundreds of thousands of businesses count on their cloud-powered applications being fast and available, yet our research indicates that 50% are dissatisfied with their existing monitoring solutions."

Stackdriver, which is optimized for teams that manage complex distributed applications, is supposed to provide rich insights into the health of cloud-powered systems, infrastructure, and applications from a single interface built for the cloud, saving DevOps folks time identifying, troubleshooting and resolving performance and availability issues.

The widgetry is meant to identify anomalies using modern analytics and machine learning and drive remediation and automation using a proprietary policy framework.

Belcher said that Stackldriver's purpose is to manage cloud environments "at scale when there are too many resources and too much data for common visualization and alerting tools to be useful."

Stackdrive reportedly manages nearly 100,000 cloud resources and processes over 125 million measurements a day.

IDC estimates the public IT cloud services market will be worth nigh on to $100 billion by 2016, which explains why Bain provided Stackdriver's $5 million A round last year.

Advisors to Stackdriver include Tom Roloff, SVP of EMC global services; Dale Christian, CIO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Shmuel Kliger, VMTurbo founder and CTO; and George Kassabgi, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Keas.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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