Stackdriver is a cloud computing systems management firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. They aim to help DevOps manage large, distributed applications running in the public cloud. It visualizes application, system and infrastructure metrics and additionally provides a policy system to alert users when predefined thresholds are breached. Following a $5 million investment by Bain Capital Ventures in 2012, they entered public beta on April 30, 2013. In May 2014, they were acquired by Google.
Stackdriver was created in 2012, when founders Dan Belcher and Izzy Azeri—former coworkers from VMware—created the concept based on a survey of companies using AWS and Rackspace. The survey results and subsequent interviews highlighted a large number of challenges that companies encounter when running large, distributed applications on public cloud infrastructure. Belcher and Azeri described the fact that respondents were monitoring their cloud infrastructure and applications using a range of open-source tools, each covering a different layer. It then became their goal to combine these different levels of monitoring into a single SaaS solution.
Stackdriver's founders secured $5 million funding from Bain in July 2012 and hired a team (including engineers from Red Hat, Acquia and EMC, as well as StyleFeeder founder Phil Jacob). After opening an office at Downtown Crossing in Boston, development of Stackdriver Intelligent Monitoring began in Fall 2012 and within months the staff had grown to 15. A beta version of the product became publicly available on April 30, 2013. Advisors to Stackdriver include George Kassabgi (Co-Founder, Keas.com, serial entrepreneur), Tom Roloff (Senior Vice President, EMC), Dale Christian (CIO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Ben Matheson (Amazon Web Services, VMware, Microsoft) and Shmuel Kliger (Founder & CTO, VMTurbo).
The aim of Stackdriver Intelligent Monitoring is to improve the performance and availability of large, complex applications running in the public cloud. To that end, it provides metrics detailing every layer of the 'stack' in the form of charts and graphs, while additionally allowing users to receive alerts when these metrics breach normal levels.
Its features include, but aren't limited to:
- Compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud
- Supporting application, system and infrastructure level metrics ('Full Stack Monitoring')
- Interactive coloured graphs and charts of data (see UI screenshot on right)
- Create and customise groups and dashboards
- Input custom metrics
- Receive alerts when there are anomalies
Stackdriver's long-term goal is to automate common tasks, with the aim of saving customers' time.