In the current cloud computing landscape, nothing is certain but change. And Appsecute, a company that was banking on providing a single dashboard across multiple platforms as a service (PaaSes), is changing as well. The focus of its new product is to provide devops folks with a single view into the real-time status of all their services as well as a Facebook-like timeline for their projects.
Anyone who does development work is probably using a half dozen or more services and spends a good part of her day toggling back and forth among various screens. Appsecute itself was using 14 different services, according to CEO and co-founder Mark Cox. That’s a lot of toggling.
That decentralized information glut is also inefficient in other ways. “Just because a support request comes in doesn’t mean you should interrupt all your developers,” Cox said. Getting the right alerts to the right person and then logging that this person is on the case in a timeline means the rest of the developers keep their heads down on what they were doing.
The timeline for devops goes to beta now with connectors included for Github code repository and versioning system, Zendesk and Tender Support customer service software; CircleCI’s continuous integration tool; and AppFog, Cloudfoundry.com, and Heroku PaaSes. Appsecute also promises connectors will come for New Relic, Amazon(s amzn) Web Services, the full Cloud Foundry, Travis CI, Jenkins CI, Team City, Pingdom, PagerDuty, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, SNMP, Nodejitsu, EngineYard, OpenShift(s rhat), Rackspace(s rax), Nagios, Sendgrid, Mailchimp and Cloudability.
What’s happening in cloud echoes what went on in the earlier distributed computing model. As companies deployed multiple on-premises applications, they soon came to want a single way to view and (hopefully) manage all that IT. That led to the rise of systems and applications management consoles and other windows into their myriad services.
So expect more of these products in the cloud realm as well.
“A number of social stream services have aspects of what we do, particularly the timeline side, [while] other services focus on graphs and metrics. We want to specialize in putting events into the context of the software applications and components that devops care about,” Cox said.
Indeed, adding a specialized social networking layer to devops tools is not new. Wercker, a Dutch startup that offers a SaaS-based continuous integration tool (and which won GigaOM’s Structure Europe Launchpad competition) also touts its Facebook-like timeline as a major plus for devops.
Providing the proverbial “single pane of glass” to all important services is an attractive proposition, but it would seem to me that inclusion of AWS into the mix had better come quickly.