Monday, May 23, 2022

Monday, May 16, 2022

Komodor raised $42 million to sustain its aggressive growth

Komodor, an Israeli company targeting Kubernetes troubleshooting and optimization, just announced its Series B with $42 million for a total of $67 million less than 1 year after it went out of stealth. This is very rapid as we had the opportunity to feel the company atmosphere and ambition during the recent visit in Tel-Aviv for the 43rd IT Press Tour.

The company plays in the new continuous reliability platform dedicated to Kubernetes category, becoming a real need as Kubernetes is still a complex environment to master, optimize and control. We understand that Kubernetes is well adopted with a fast growing community and at the same time it requires stability and enterprise class maturity to be trusted for enterprise deployment at scale. The need of incident resolution becomes a must and Komodor has found a real new huge business opportunity. Good Luck.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Observe raised $70M

Observe, a company visited by The IT Press Tour in March, just announced a new round of VC funding, raising this time $70 million for its Series A round reaching a total of $114.5 million still with Sutter Hill Ventures and a few others.

The company, led by Jeremy Burton, demonstrated a rapid growth recently confirming users' interest - around 50 paid customers - for a solution that goes beyond classic monitoring and visualization.

To refresh our readers, Observe is a SaaS player developing a new category named Observability that goes beyond classic log analytics, infrastructure monitoring, and application performance management. The global idea is to understand data and extract value from to deliver and expose compelling information not seen before.

Today Observe ingests 40TB of data per day, executes 25M queries per day scanning 1 Trillion rows on over 1 PB of data. Pretty small but it growing and the company the relies today on Snowflake is a perfect candidate to consider data warehouse approach like Ocient dedicated to hyperscale needs.

With this announcement, Observe also new features such

  • Data Universe Maps providing rich visualization of observability data and relationships,
  • Context-Sensitive Dashboards which enable users to drill down into related content and begin investigations,
  • "Out-Of-The-Box" Apps for Kubernetes, AWS, Jenkins & more so users can get started & enjoy pre-build content in minutes,
  • In-Product Dashboards providing full transparency into Observe credit usage


Thursday, May 05, 2022

N-able unveiled Cove Data Protection

N-able, a leader in IT services for MSPs, just announced a new major iteration for their data protection model with Cove Data Protection. The N-able CDP offers Backup of course but also Archiving and Disaster Recovery in a cloud-first protection-as-a-service what the industry calls DPaaS.

  • Pure software approach without any appliance or system to deploy on-premises,
  • A direct copy to cloud without any first local copy,
  • Comprehensive coverage with servers, workstations and Microsoft 365,
  • A single GUI to manage a dispersed environment,
  • A near-CDP model with 15 minutes minimum,
  • A copy ready to use of servers image to boost RTO,
  • Data stored among 30 data centers to align with compliance rules and regulations.

This replaces the previous portfolio as nothing is mentioned about that on the company's site and Chris Groot, changed its title to GM Cove Data Protection. It marks a real ambition for the company to confirm its leadership in the growing DPaaS segment.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Talk with Gil Peleg, CEO, Model9

Withe 43rd edition of The IT Press Tour in Israel, we finally met Model9, an interesting data management company dedicated to connect the close mainframe world to the cloud. And of course it was obviously  a good period to record a new episode with Gil Peleg, CEO and co-founder. We spoke about the initial idea and how the company started, the pain and need addressed by Model9, the product itself of course, GTM, partnerships, use cases, pricing model and next steps for the company. This interview is the 45th in the interview series and globally 102th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Talk with Michael Ferrec, Founder and CEO, Inspeere

Recently I discovered a new french storage company I should a data management company named Inspeere that delivers a very compelling data protection solution. The product leverages p2p and blockchain ideas to provide a very resilient data protection model without any need to cloud services providers as it relies on dispersed Inspeere Datis servers. We spoke with Michael Ferrec, CEO and founder of the company, about the background of the project, how the product works and its differentiators, their go-to-market and pricing model. This interview is the 44th in the interview series and globally 101th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Komodor tries to address the Kubernetes deployment complexity at scale

Komodor, a young Israeli software company developing a platform to manage Kubernetes, was a good surprise of the recent IT Press Tour in Tel-Aviv. We met the management team at their HQ in Israel and learn the mission of the company around the difficulty to optimize and troubleshoot Kubernetes at scale.

The microservices and container approaches have marked a fundamental shift in IT infrastructure but also introduce some challenges and complex management and control tasks for enterprise especially when the environment operates thousands of services. Kubernetes, invented at Google as Borg and released in 2014, is the orchestrator of such distributed computing environments, but mastering it is not a panacea. It is very adopted, in 2021 we count 5.6M developers on the project and several large corporations use Kubernetes in production as they already adopted container such Docker or others. K8s is the new IT and data center operating system with a fast growing ecosystem.

Komodor, expert in Kubernetes, has identified the Kubernetes pain at scale and develops a troubleshooting model and solution for developers. Collecting all changes, info... Komodor exposes a single source of truth to point to the root cause, easy to use for developers to go faster in the environment mastering. As K8s is distributed by nature, this model creates inherently some difficulties with tons of events created and sent by various tools with very limited skilled people. Tools change everyday and many solutions are created very frequently adding some complexity.

Komodor is connected to all components and collects all events, merging them, correlate them, digest them... to offer a map that facilitate trouble resolution. The solution relies as essentially 2 components: Komodor Brain and Komodor UI. The Brain is composed by 3 engines: collector, automation and correlation, K8s insights, plus alerts. The result is exposed via a very intuitive GUI that facilitates developers, admins or users to fix issues.

We'll monitor carefully Komodor during the next quarters as the trajectory is already very compelling and the team has shared that a big news is coming in the coming weeks.


Monday, April 04, 2022

Talk with Simon Taylor, Founder and CEO, HYCU

New episode and new interview this time with Simon Taylor, founder and CTO of HYCU, a member of the Modern Data Protection wave with a new Data Protection-as-a-Service model supporting AWS< GCP and Azure in addition to Nutanix and VMware. We spoke about the genesis of the company, its different eras, the product differentiators and a bit of the future. This interview is the 43rd in the interview series and globally 99th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Back to Israel for the 43rd IT Press Tour

Just a few weeks after the IT Press Tour in California, we'll be in Israel for the 43rd edition next week. This tour will be dedicated to IT infrastructure, data and storage management and we'll meet 8 companies:

  1. CTera Networks, a reference in data access for distributed enterprises,
  2. Data Dynamics, a leader in data mobility and migration,
  3. HYCU, an active promoter of the modern data protection,
  4. Infinidat, an infrastructure leader in data center storage consolidation,
  5. Komodor, the ambassador of the Kubernetes troubleshooting,
  6. Model9, the pioneer of cloud management for mainframe,
  7. Pliops, an emerging player in off-load processing
  8. and Speedb, an initiator of a new storage engines for databases.

I invite you to follow us on Twitter with #ITPT and @ITPressTour, my twitter handle @CDP_FST and journalists' respective handle.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Talk with Boyan Ivanov, Founder and CEO, StorPool

A few days ago I had the opportunity to interview Boyan Ivanov, founder and CTO of StorPool, a pioneer of block SDS and one of the last remaining independent player on the market. We covered the genesis of the company, of course the product, a bit of competition and how they promote and sell the product. This interview is the 41st in the interview series and globally 97th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.