SOURCE: Boundary


August 14, 2012 08:00 ET

Boundary Introduces the World's Fastest, Most Accurate Way to Discover, Map and Monitor Applications in the Cloud

See and Correct Potential Issues Before They Affect Application Performance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - Boundary today announced immediate availability of several significant new capabilities to its application performance monitoring solution. Leading the swath of new capabilities is the industry's first cloud-based capability that discovers and creates a visual representation of the logical application topology, and tracks changes to it in real time. Modern IT applications are highly distributed and dynamic in nature, and operations/DevOps teams are finding it increasingly difficult to monitor and maintain those applications. Boundary helps to bridge that gap by replacing the "mental model" of the application topology with the "actual model."

Unlike traditional IT monitoring tools that assume a fixed infrastructure, Boundary is ideal for dynamic environments that experience change on a massive and continuous scale including:

  • Public/Private Clouds (including hybrid) as well as fixed datacenter
  • Software Defined Networks or traditional fixed networks
  • Highly Agile application development environments, characterized by continuous deployment
  • Single language or Polyglot applications
  • SQL or NoSQL clusters
  • Traditional or Big Data application stacks

Boundary's application discovery and visualization is made possible by Boundary's unprecedented capability to monitor every packet that flows to/from every server instance, whether in the cloud, datacenter or hybrid environments. Thus, instead of relying on a periodic re-discovery of the topology or an outdated CMDB, Boundary is showing in real time the actual and true communication between application tiers.

Layered on top of the application topology, Boundary highlights another new capability: the latency or response time between the different tiers of an application. This additional new capability is essential to ensure that both performance and cost are optimized across the application and that changes to the application code or the environment do not have negative effects.

Boundary has also announced:

  • Pre-defined integration for both EC2 and Rackspace Cloud where any status or alerts from those Cloud providers can be annotated into the Boundary data
  • A universal RSS integration capability enabling any RSS status or alert to be annotated into the Boundary data. This capability is available today to integrate alerts from New Relic, Splunk, Papertrail and others
  • A big data store that will enable customers to define longer periods of historical data that they wish to keep
  • A full function, free version of the Boundary solution

"Boundary's view of web applications from the infrastructure perspective, combined with New Relic's deep visibility inside these applications, creates an unparalleled combination," said Bill Lapcevic, Vice President of Business Development, New Relic. "Together, these solutions provide comprehensive, holistic insight into the performance of your business-critical production application environment."

"There's never been a better time for businesses to capitalize on new technology to enter new markets, compete more effectively, and serve their customers better -- with the added benefit of decreasing infrastructure costs," said Gary Read, Boundary President and CEO. "But business leaders must be prepared to embrace a new way to monitor and manage their IT services where the rate of change is exponentially greater and the impact of even small changes can be huge. That's what makes Boundary's ability to dynamically discover and visualize the application topology from the network so incredibly valuable."

"Boundary's application visualization allows us to see our application in a way we never had before," said Beau Christensen, Lead Site Reliability Engineer with Ping Identity. "Now we can identify erroneous communication paths and immediately recognize unexpected application behavior." 

About Boundary

Boundary provides a new kind of application monitoring for new IT architectures: one-second app visualization, cloud-compatible, and only a few minutes from setup to results. Boundary is a privately-held company based in San Francisco, California with venture funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Scale Venture Partners. Boundary's fast growing list of customers includes GitHub, Canonical, Urban Airship, and Cloudant.

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Launch Partners

"Boundary's real time monitoring has been an invaluable tool for Basho. We rely on it every day for the systems that control the testing, research, and development of Riak and Riak CS."

Sean Carey, Director of Development Operations

"As the leading Hadoop vendor, Cloudera is committed to developing an ecosystem that offers the most comprehensive variety of complementary technology integrations in market. We are particularly pleased with the availability of the Boundary Hadoop Application pack for CDH. Boundary complements the industry leading Cloudera Manager with innovative real time discovery and visualization of application network flows, allowing customers the ability to monitor traffic at even greater levels of granularity."

Tim Stevens, vice president of business and corporate development, Cloudera

"Chef and Boundary are tightly integrated to provide customers with an end-to-end provisioning and monitoring solution that can be up and running in minutes. When customers add or change nodes with Chef, in less than two seconds Boundary graphs show the impact of those changes on application performance. Both solutions are optimized for public/private/hybrid clouds where visibility and instantaneous response are essential for maximum performance."

Bryan Hale, Director of Business Development, Opscode

"We provide our customers with the tools and resources necessary to support, manage and innovate with PaaS solutions. We're pleased to have Boundary join our growing partner ecosystem and offer per-second visibility into how applications are communicating within the Engine Yard PaaS. Leveraging the deep domain expertise and commercial grade solution offered by Engine Yard and the Boundary monitoring application performance solution, customers can build and run dynamic cloud-based applications quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively."

Marcy Campbell, SVP, Global Alliances and Business Development, Engine Yard

"Boundary's view of web applications from the infrastructure perspective, combined with New Relic's deep visibility inside these applications, creates an unparalleled combination. Together, these solutions provide comprehensive, holistic insight into the performance of your business-critical production application environment."

Bill Lapcevic, Vice President of Business Development, New Relic

"Together Boundary and PagerDuty can dramatically reduce the time to identify and fix application performance issues. Our solutions work closely together so that when Boundary's real time analytic engine identifies a performance problem, the issue is automatically escalated to PagerDuty and operations staff is notified via phone, SMS or email. Customers can be up and running with Boundary and PagerDuty in minutes, getting immediate results."

Alex Solomon, Co-founder and CEO, PagerDuty

"Boundary's real time discovery of application topology and data flows is an ideal fit with Plexxi's ability via Affinities to let your applications direct your network capacity in real time. We are excited to work with Boundary on solutions that meet the fluid and dynamic nature of today's data center computing needs."

Mat Mathews, VP Product Management, Plexxi

"Boundary's real time, always on approach to application performance is the future of monitoring and we're glad to be involved in this movement from its onset. We're proud to partner with them to help customers automate and scale Boundary deployments via their Puppet integration."

Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs

"As someone with a background in Network Engineering, being able to tie in events from the Splunk Storm service with network traffic flows provides huge value. Integrating Splunk Machine Data with Boundary Annotations has immediate impact and is probably the coolest thing I've seen in a very long time."

Greg Albrecht Kim, Senior Software Engineer, Splunk Storm

"Boundary and uptimeCloud together provide compelling value for enterprises to help control cloud costs and maximize ROI. Boundary's ability to show how data moves between applications and availability zones paired with uptimeCloud's cost dashboards and forecasts give users a unique and powerful view to manage their cost of the cloud. Both are SaaS solutions that deliver immediate value."

Alex Bewley, Chief Technology Officer, Uptime Software

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