UPDATED 12:00 EDT / MARCH 17 2020

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Code for the code: tools for measuring and monitoring app performance

Trends in technology can often be measured neatly in decades. From 2000 to 2010, the boom in software materialized. The period from 2010 to 2020 was all about cloud, hybrid computing and everything becoming as-a-service.

Milin Desai (pictured), kicked off a new decade in January by becoming the chief executive officer of Sentry.io, and he has a pretty good idea of what the coming 10 years will bring.

“This next decade will be about data,” Desai said. “Because everything is so as-a-service and API-centric, it’s going to explode how we develop things. This is going to be truly the decade for the developer.”

Desai spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, at theCUBE’s studio in Palo Alto, California. They discussed how Sentry helps monitor code in production, trends in the multicloud market, Desai’s decision to lead the company and operating amid a global pandemic.

Business-dependent apps

Sentry is highly attuned to developer’s data needs because it built its business around measuring and monitoring code in production in close to real time. Using a mere four lines of its own code, Sentry’s technology can help customers start the monitoring journey, according to Desai.

That’s an increasingly important mission because whole businesses are now dependent on whether an app works or not.

“You pull up your app, you pull up Uber, it’s not working, let me look at Lyft,” Desai said. “That’s the kind of consumer behavior that is starting to take place.”

As a player in the expanding app-centric universe, Sentry has visibility into enterprise interest around the multicloud space. Will the industry get to a point where apps can also function effectively across multiple cloud environments?

“I definitely see the multicloud wave catching on, but I don’t see yet this idea of an app being stretched across three clouds,” Desai said. “If you want to take the full value of Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform, you want to go deeper in there with all their services.”

Co-founder wanted leader

Desai recently took the helm at Sentry after serving as general manager for cloud services at VMware Inc. It was the decision of co-founder David Cramer to bring Desai in to lead the business forward.

“It was a long dating process where we got to know each other,” Desai recalled. “He felt like he wanted to go back to building and creating and bring in a partner in crime.”

Sentry, an open-source company, currently has over 20,000 paying customers and offices in San Francisco, Toronto and Vienna. Like many firms engulfed in the turmoil surrounding the outbreak of coronavirus globally, the company has made adjustments to its business operations that included having its entire staff of 100 employees work remotely.

“We said two weeks, but I think it’s going to continue until we get a clear signal from the government, both locally and at the federal level,” Desai said. “Developers are right now globally still fully functional; the only difference being they’re now also working from home. We feel that as a business we’ll be fine.”

Here’s the complete video interview below, one of many CUBE Conversations from SiliconANGLE and theCUBE:

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