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Container Visibility Outfit Sysdig Garners $15M in Funding


April 21, 2016

Sysdig today revealed it has raised $15 million in a Series B round. Existing investors Accel and Bain Capital Ventures participated. Sysdig provides monitoring and visibility tools for environments using containers.

Containers first became popular among platform-as-a-service providers, and Google was the first to use containers at scale, Chris Crane, vice president of product at Sysdig, noted during a recent interview with me. Because containers are lightweight, he noted, Google was able to eliminate entire data centers due to the efficiencies they created.

Now enterprises, and communications and other tech companies, are getting interested in containers. However, Crane explained, what’s driving interest in containers in this case typically has to do with the fact that the portability of containers allows for continuous delivery and expedited time to market for DevOps efforts.

More than three out of four IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications such as databases within containers, according to a Robin Systems survey. The key motivations driving that interest, the survey suggests, are workload consolidation and lower performance overhead as compared to traditional virtualization.

“Containers are the building block for microservices, and represent the next great platform shift for software developers in enterprises of all sizes,” said Loris Degioanni, CEO and founder of Sysdig. “While containers deliver efficiency and agility for developers, they introduce additional complexity for monitoring, troubleshooting, and operating production environments. Sysdig was born to address these specific needs for containers and the microservices built on top of them.”

There are various elements of these new architectures that employ containers and microservices, as Crane of Sysdig recently mentioned to me in an interview. There’s orchestration, which is the control layer, and handles the turning on and off of containers, assigning apps to containers, ensuring that when containers do die that new ones are spun up to keep apps running. Meanwhile, monitoring, which is what Sysdig does, watches the containers and the orchestration itself, he said. What Sysdig is building toward, he added, is feeding its visibility back into orchestration tools so they can make automated decisions based on that. Sysdig is already working with all three of the big container entities on that, he said.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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