Today I want to talk DevOps data management and Boundary president and CEO Gary Read. Read has more than twenty years of experience in the world of technology. Details of his success can be found on his blog.
Read sold his last company in 2010 for $350 million. Boundary was created by Benjamin Black, formerly with Amazon web services. Read took the reins in January 2012.
Boundary is the first cloud-based IT operations management system. It was launched in May 2012. According to devopsangle.com, Boundary clients, “can be up and running in minutes, if not seconds.”
A recent article explains that “Boundary is harnessing the power of big data to diagnose problems with cloud-based applications and give customers a cost-saving heads-up.” Read says “The secret sauce of Boundary is this screaming engine we’ve developed where all that data is processed in less than a second, and we’re providing insights back from that data to our customers.” Other companies may claim to process data in real time, but “this is probably as close to real time as you’re going to get with the current technologies.”
The speed is obviously a major plus, because Boundary customers can test out numerous small changes to an app and see (almost immediately) how they impact profits. But the speed would not be such a major advantage if the core service offered was not phenomenal. Boundary not only locates app problems, it finds out where the problem originated and who is responsible. And, because many services may be using the same app–like Netflix–this information must be known before the app can be fixed.
Another advantage is that Boundary warns of danger. “Boundary’s insights help businesses anticipate problems and can save them money by helping them avoid service disruptions.” Read explains this using a very interesting comparison; “If there’s a tsunami warning and we all try to leave the city at the same time and the bridges get clogged — that’s exactly what happens in the cloud’”. But with Boundary’s early detection, not everyone will leave at once. Many will already be gone. Thus, the problem is avoided.
Boundary is fairly new. This San Francisco-based startup company was started in 2011. Since then it has enjoyed massive success, receiving $19 million from investors like Lightspeed Venture Partners. According to another recent article on technorati.com, “Read believes that his ops management software is on the cusp of a major breakthrough in the systems management market. “
Boundary is still a small company in terms of employees. The company currently has thirty five employees, and according to a recent article “employees work on the company’s big data engine capable of processing terabytes of data a day to monitor and anticipate problems occurring in cloud-based applications.” For those who do not know, a terabyte of data is a huge and previously unfathomable amount.
Finally, Boundary allows both paying and non-paying customers to use its software. Read says, “From April 2012 until January 2013, we have welcomed 70-75 paying customers, including Okta, GitHub, FullContact, Inaka, Urban Airship and Friendster…In January 2013, we have more than 600 customers using our free service.”