Hyperconverger Nutanix gobbles Netsil
@Nutanix is gobbling @Netsil, a startup that develops tech for the discovery, mapping and management of #microservices in distributed cloudy spaces. San Francisco-based Netsil was founded as @GencoreSystems in 2012 by @CamNguyen, CEO @HarjotGill, COO Shariq Rizvi (ex-Twitter), and chief architect @TanveerGill. To date, it has received $5.7m in initial funding but Nutanix hasn’t said how much it is paying for Netsil @SunilPotti, chief product and development officer at Nutanix, claimed in a prepared statement: “Netsil, which can be consumed as a cloud-based service… when combined with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, gives both devops and IT teams the power to quickly deploy and operate applications with confidence, in any cloud, at any scale, while ensuring reliability, performance and security.” So why is Nutanix making this move? It builds hyperconverged infrastructure appliance software which itself provides a system customers use to run applications. Today these are largely virtualised but they are becoming containerised as sets of microservices. These containers form and reform dynamic chains as they are instantiated and run and interoperate. Where a virtualised application might use 10-50 VMs, a containerised one could use 25-100 microservices, or even more. Diagnosing and fixing a misbehaving containerised app is far more complex than problem fixing at a VM-level. Netsil provides a way of automatically mapping the containers and their interactions, and wants the world to compare it to a Google Maps for cloud apps, one that helps alleviate performance bottlenecks. Auto-app mapping by Netsil’s Application Operations Center (AOC) technology builds a topology map that lists all internal and external services, and inter-service dependencies. It can monitor particular signals for service health using real-time metrics from the entire application stack.