Stackdriver nets $10M to keep a wise eye on your Amazon infrastructure

Stackdriver co-founder Dan Belcher
Stackdriver co-founder Dan Belcher

Stackdriver really wants to help customers spot and fix issues in their cloud infrastructure before they degenerate into problems and now it’s netted $10 million in Series B funding to help it do so. The Boston-based startup is also launching its Stackdriver Intelligent Monitoring service broadly on Wednesday.

Priorities for this new funding, led by Flybridge Capital, are to ramp up engineering efforts in order to apply still more analytics to solving performance monitoring problems. “Customers are asking us not only to show them what’s wrong but to automate the fixes,” Dan Belcher, co-founder of the company, told me. Existing backer Bain Capital also participated in this round, which brings total funding to about $15 million.

Stackdriver, founded in 2012, already counts Smugmug, 99designs, Vocalocity, Extreme Reach and Chopra Center as customers.

Andrew Shieh, director of operations for Smugmug, loves the big, detailed charts Stackdriver produces and AWS integration which allows his company to use its normal AWS tag criteria. “Other products make poor charts that hide data. We need details, we need to see peaks, we need graphs that fill 30-inch monitors. Other products fail at showing the detail we want, and that meant a lot of time wasted clicking and scrolling through their data,” he said.

As GigaOM reported, Stackdriver’s monitoring service collects data from cloud infrastructure, various on-premises systems and applications, and then applies its own analytics to identify patterns, anomalies and outliers that show potential trouble spots — hence those big, detailed charts.

The company’s outlier detection, for example, can see that one node in a cluster is processing fewer images than its peers and based on that data, help the customer figure out whether that’s because of bad code, a misconfiguration of an AWS Elastic Load Balancer or an overloaded system.

Demand for fast ways to spot trouble brewing in distributed systems will only grow as more workloads get distributed in and between clouds.

You’ll be able to check out Stackdriver at Structure:Europe’s Startup Zone in London this week.