It's cool being a Gartner Cool Vendor

It's cool being a Gartner Cool Vendor

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By Scott Fulton, May 10, 2022

Founder & CEO

It’s Cool being a Gartner Cool Vendor!

Gartner released their report on “Cool Vendors in Monitoring and Observability” 1 and I’m thrilled to announce that OpsCruise is highlighted!

Many of you may not be familiar with Gartner’s Cool Vendor designation. Unlike other industry analyst publications that are ‘pay-to-play’ for inclusion, Gartner’s Cool vendor designation is not something for which you can  ‘apply’. You need to get noticed by Gartner analysts. And you don’t even need to be a Gartner client. Per Gartner’s blog post, the primary criteria are being innovative, impactful and intriguing. 

Being named a Cool Vendor isn’t the work of one person or team. It’s the work of everyone at OpsCruise, from engineering, to sales, support, and marketing. In truth, our customers get the credit for this recognition. A core value at OpsCruise is customer obsession and this is reflected in how our customers talk about us and our products. We would not be here without our customer advocates who knew we were cool before Gartner declared it, and we wouldn’t have those customers without the fantastic team we’ve built at OpsCruise.

How did we get here?

We started OpsCruise a little more than three years ago and came out of stealth with our first offering just 15 months ago. Our goal was simple: to help enterprises get more out of their loads of machine-generated telemetry data - metrics, logs, traces, flows and metadata. Legacy tools were and still are charging customers a fortune to collect this data with their own proprietary infrastructure,  store it in their clouds and do little more than provide graphs and charts - ‘pixels-as-a-service’ as I like to call it. At the same time, these vendors were paying lip service to the open source telemetry tools and standards (e.g. Prometheus, ElasticSearch, Jaeger, eBPF, etc.)  gaining popularity in modern applications environments. We knew there had to be a better way. We built OpsCruise from the ground up to be a composable observability platform from a variety of data sources and types – unifying them to provide contextual insights, predict degradations and automate causal analysis - an observability SMART-LAYER. It was all about enabling engineers to toil less with monitoring tools, incidents and war-rooms. 

So Why is OpsCruise So Cool?

According to Gartner’s report, “OpsCruise is cool because it uses machine learning profiling to rapidly identify performance issues in Kubernetes and serverless cloud-native environments, allowing IT Ops/SRE teams to more efficiently manage complex modern environments. OpsCruise’s CruiseControl is a model-based, adaptive AI engine and, unlike legacy systems, is designed for these Kubernetes and serverless environments. OpsCruise does not require the use of proprietary agents or code instrumentation, relying instead on open standards. Using OpenTelemetry, eBPF and open-source tools such as Prometheus, Grafana Loki and Jaeger, OpsCruise builds a map (application graph) of the application services and infrastructure, as well as a behavioral model of the application components. The model is continually reinforced every 24 hours or less. As deviations from normal behavior are detected, one or more potential causes are identified and resolution options provided.”

It should be noted that in addition to validation by customers, partners and Gartner, we’ve been awarded two US patents for our innovations

Why should engineering teams and managers care?

Gartner emphasizes the benefits OpsCruise’s solution brings to its clients and for any engineering team by stating:

Cloud and platform operations teams that are responsible for delivering Kubernetes and/or serverless workloads will benefit most from OpsCruise. Organizations that are sensitive to the number and type of third-party agents will appreciate the emphasis on widely used, open-source mechanisms to manage telemetry.

OpsCruise’s leading observability platform is available in both a free or paid cloud offering called Opscruise Cloud, as well as the OpsCruise Observability Stack for on-premise. If you’re done compromising, try us out today or contact us to learn more.

1: Gartner, “Cool Vendors in Observability and Monitoring for Logging and Containers”, Padraig Byrne, Pankaj Prasad, Manjunath Bhat, Gregg Siegfried, 27 April 2022

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