After managing an impressive few weeks without a single funding announcement, the Docker ecosystem is returning to its usual energetic self with the completion of a $10.7 million round in an emerging startup called Sysdig Inc. that offers monitoring for containerized services. It’s the third such provider to have hit the industry radar recently.
We’ve previously seen cloud-based application performance tracking powerhouse AppDynamics Inc. jump into the fray with the addition of support for Docker, the dominant flavor of containers, to its namesake platform. And shortly before that, Twistlock Ltd. came out of stealth with a competing monitoring offering that also provides security capabilities on top to help customers act upon the visibility it provides.
Both vendors hope to fill the vacuum created by the delayed response of traditional vendors to the sudden and explosive rise of containers, the same gap that Sysdig is targeting with its namesake software. The open-source troubleshooting tool allows operations professionals to quickly gain insight into their environments all the way down to the host operating system.
One of the main ways in which Sysdig claims to stand out from the competition is simplicity, with its software enabling users to start tracking their infrastructure in matter of seconds using just a few terminal commands. Straightforward access to operational metrics is an essential ingredient of any production workload, but especially so for containerized services, which are spread out over upwards of hundreds of instances that are effectively impossible to keep track of manually.
The new $10.7 million in funding from Accel Partners and Bain Capital Ventures, two of the most widely-recognized names in the tech investment community, will help fuel Sysdig’s efforts to solve that challenge. Much of the cash will go into accelerating the development of Sysdig Cloud, a commercial version of its monitoring tool introduced in conjunction with the announcement of the round that deploys as a container itself and significantly expands upon the core functionality.