Click here to close now.


Agile Computing Authors: SmartBear Blog, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Jayaram Krishnaswamy, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Boundary Announces Largest Release Ever, First to Deliver Unified Monitoring for Web Scale IT

High Frequency Application and Infrastructure Metrics Allow Customers to Be Notified on Issues That Previously Were Invisible, and Collaborate to Solve Them Before They Impact Users, Dramatically Improving the Availability, Performance and Success of Web-

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/08/14 -- Boundary has released major new capabilities that will significantly help any organization running modern IT infrastructures to improve the performance and availability of their applications. With Boundary, organizations find problems that are simply invisible to other solutions, hidden in averages and one-minute sampling. Boundary's new release adds a wealth of server performance metrics to the solution, all delivered with one second resolution, giving unprecedented and instant visibility into how the infrastructure is affecting the application. Boundary is the only solution that brings together application health, infrastructure performance and events/configuration changes, all in context of real-time application topology and all in real-time. In addition, Boundary has released rich and flexible multi-channel notification capabilities, a new and powerful integrated collaboration function, and extended support for other event sources including SNMP, Syslog and email.

"Organizations are investing heavily to establish competitive advantages by deploying next-generation applications, infrastructure and processes, also known as Web-Scale IT, that may include technologies such as cloud, NoSQL databases, API-driven SOAs and processes such as Agile Development, DevOps, and Continuous Integration/Deployment. But they are discovering that legacy IT monitoring solutions are blind to the problems that arise rapidly and unexpectedly in these dynamic, highly distributed environments. Because of this, they are simply unaware of the warning signs that lead to outages and they often find out about issues from their customers," said Boundary CEO Gary Read. "With today's announcement, we have effectively made all previous monitoring tools redundant. They will soon be consigned to the history books of technology. Legacy IT monitoring tools are the slide rules to the Boundary digital calculator, totally defunct and obsolete. With users demanding highly responsive applications, attempting to depend on prehistoric once-a-minute or worse sampling periods for monitoring will cost you money, customers and probably your job."

As written by Gartner analysts Jonah Kowall and Cameron Haight in the December 6, 2013, Building a Modern APM Architecture for the World of Web-Scale IT, "The data collected by many conventional monitoring solutions lacks the granularity and contextual enrichment needed to improve Web-scale decision making."

"There is an acute and large market need for monitoring solutions like Boundary that deliver high frequency metrics across application health and infrastructure and events, and do so with full application context and topology," said Bernd Harzog, Analyst, Performance and Capacity Management - The Virtualization Practice. "Customers who are building modern applications just won't succeed in delivering high levels of performance and availability with the outdated monitoring tools and frameworks of the past."

All the metrics all the time
The first of the new capabilities enables Boundary to collect, process and provide insights into over 80 new metrics representing the performance of the server instances and the infrastructure and to do so on a second-by-second basis. This is in addition to its unique capability to collect the application flow data in real-time showing the health of the application. Boundary has cracked the code on being able to continuously collect an enormous amount of performance metrics with very low overhead and to process them all "in-stream," giving insights that are virtually real-time. This is critical for modern environments where DevOps needs to understand the outliers and anomalies that coarsely sampled data just cannot see. Boundary is also delivering a brand new anomaly detection capability that will allow customers to be auto-alerted to outliers for any metric by using minimum, maximum, average or sum at many different intervals from one second all the way to 12 hours.

Social collaboration meets IT Operations
Boundary also changes the speed and effectiveness of how teams work together to solve problems by delivering an embedded collaboration capability. Inspired by activity feeds popularized by Twitter and Facebook, Boundary lets users collaborate to resolve issues by exchanging messages inside Boundary, adding comments and knowledge to issues, and tracking each other's activity. Messages can be posted globally within the customer or can be associated directly with a specific IT event.

Boundary also makes it easy to track messages that involve specific users. With the collaboration view, they can mention other users with the familiar @username syntax popularized by Twitter. When a user is mentioned in a message they will be automatically notified both from within the Boundary user interface and externally via email in case they are not logged in.

Boundary also enables easy sharing of information during the troubleshooting process, by allowing users to quickly share links in the collaboration view. For example, a user may link to a run-book article that describes ways to resolve a specific issue. All messages and their links are archived for future reference and searching.

The right info to the right people at the right time in the right way
Boundary also includes a robust multi-channel notification capability integrated directly with its event management and monitoring. Boundary enables users to specify notification rules based a variety of criteria enabling different notifications to happen for different issues together with escalation paths when problems are not resolved. Teams are defined so that notifications are sent to different groups ensuring everyone relevant is copied on the issue. Once notified, the team can work on solving the problem together by using the collaboration capabilities, irrespective of where they are located.

Users also have the ability to customize how they want to be notified, whether by email, SMS and/or voice calls and messages can be automatically escalated based on user-defined rules. For example, an IT operator may want to be notified first by email and then by a voice call two minutes later if they don't acknowledge the email. This assures each person can choose the types of notifications that work best for him or her and reduces the likelihood of an important message being missed or lost.

Upon receiving a notification, users can acknowledge or close the event using any of the available communication protocols including SMS or voice. Acknowledging events is as simple as clicking a link or replying to a SMS message. Every acknowledgement is automatically updated in the Boundary event console.

"We are very excited about Boundary's new notification and collaboration capabilities," said Doug Miller, president and CEO at The Brightworks Group. "We just can't keep using old processes and tools in a new agile and changing environment. We need to be able to find, diagnose and solve problems in context, with relevant and real-time data at our fingertips. Boundary takes us from end-to-end with easy and modern collaboration."

Extended visibility for event management
A cornerstone of Operations is being able to correctly integrate, normalize, prioritize, correlate and provide visibility of the multitude of events that occur across different systems. Boundary's event management capability, which has been proven to scale to millions of events, now contains additional generic adapter options that include Syslog, SNMP and email adapters. Boundary provides customers with free access to its adapters and the library continues to grow as new contributions are made.

About Boundary
Boundary provides a Unified Monitoring solution for Web-Scale IT that allows customers to monitor their entire application infrastructure from a single solution and improve application availability and performance. It is designed to deal with the challenges stemming from modern highly distributed, cloud based applications by combining high frequency performance metrics collection and analysis with its unique understanding of the real-time application topology. Boundary is privately held, based in Mountain View, CA and backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Adams Street Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. For more information on Boundary visit us on the web at or on

Boundary contact:
Kevin Wolf
(650) 327-1641
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The broad selection of hardware, the rapid evolution of operating systems and the time-to-market for mobile apps has been so rapid that new challenges for developers and engineers arise every day. Security, testing, hosting, and other metrics have to be considered through the process. In his session at Big Data Expo, Walter Maguire, Chief Field Technologist, HP Big Data Group, at Hewlett-Packard, will discuss the challenges faced by developers and a composite Big Data applications builder, focusing on how to help solve the problems that developers are continuously battling.
Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data.
NHK, Japan Broadcasting will feature upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special IoT documentary which will be filmed on the expo floor November 3 to 5, 2015 in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to BBC in UK and the largest in Asia with many award winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley. The program will be aired during the highest viewership season of the year that it will have a high impact in the industry through this documentary in Japan. The film...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Luxoft Holding, Inc., a leading provider of software development services and innovative IT solutions, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Luxoft’s software development services consist of core and mission-critical custom software development and support, product engineering and testing, and technology consulting.
Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of at least three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the backend big-data service, and the mobile application for the end user's controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target - this makes the integration of these separate pipelines and the coordination of software upd...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief Architect at CTS, will explore the synergy of Big Data and IoT. First he will take a closer look at the Internet of Things and Big Data individually, in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. Then he will explore the relationship between IoT and Big Data. Specifically, he will drill down to how the 4Vs aspects intersect with IoT: Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value. In turn, Tony will analyze how the key components of IoT influence Big Data: Device, Connectivity, Context, and Intelligence. He will dive deep to the matrix...
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Building actually breathes - immediately flagging overheating in a closet or over cooling in unoccupied ho...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Raxak has been named “Media & Session Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Raxak Protect automates security compliance across private and public clouds. Using the SaaS tool or managed service, developers can deploy cloud apps quickly, cost-effectively, and without error.
Scott Guthrie's keynote presentation "Journey to the intelligent cloud" is a must view video. This is from AzureCon 2015, September 29, 2015 I have reproduced some screen shots in case you are unable to view this long video for one reason or another. One of the highlights is 3 datacenters coming on line in India.
“The Internet of Things transforms the way organizations leverage machine data and gain insights from it,” noted Splunk’s CTO Snehal Antani, as Splunk announced accelerated momentum in Industrial Data and the IoT. The trend is driven by Splunk’s continued investment in its products and partner ecosystem as well as the creativity of customers and the flexibility to deploy Splunk IoT solutions as software, cloud services or in a hybrid environment. Customers are using Splunk® solutions to collect and correlate data from control systems, sensors, mobile devices and IT systems for a variety of Ind...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the cloud and the best price/performance value available. ProfitBricks was named one of the coolest Clo...
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Clearly the way forward is to move to cloud be it bare metal, VMs or containers. One aspect of the current public clouds that is slowing this cloud migration is cloud lock-in. Every cloud vendor is trying to make it very difficult to move out once a customer has chosen their cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Naveen Nimmu, CEO of Clouber, Inc., will advocate that making the inter-cloud migration as simple as changing airlines would help the entire industry to quickly adopt the cloud without worrying about any lock-in fears. In fact by having standard APIs for IaaS would help PaaS expl...
Organizations already struggle with the simple collection of data resulting from the proliferation of IoT, lacking the right infrastructure to manage it. They can't only rely on the cloud to collect and utilize this data because many applications still require dedicated infrastructure for security, redundancy, performance, etc. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Emil Sayegh, CEO of Codero Hosting, will discuss how in order to resolve the inherent issues, companies need to combine dedicated and cloud solutions through hybrid hosting – a sustainable solution for the data required to manage I...
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services, will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk will be on IBM Cloudant, Apa...
Mobile messaging has been a popular communication channel for more than 20 years. Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen invented the idea for SMS (Short Message Service) in 1984, making his vision a reality on December 3, 1992 by sending the first message ("Happy Christmas") from a PC to a cell phone. Since then, the technology has evolved immensely, from both a technology standpoint, and in our everyday uses for it. Originally used for person-to-person (P2P) communication, i.e., Sally sends a text message to Betty – mobile messaging now offers tremendous value to businesses for customer and empl...
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The enterprise is being consumerized, and the consumer is being enterprised. Moore's Law does not matter anymore, the future belongs to business virtualization powered by invisible service architecture, powered by hyperscale and hyperconvergence, and facilitated by vertical streaming and horizontal scaling and consolidation. Both buyers and sellers want instant results, and from paperwork to paperless to mindless is the ultimate goal for any seamless transaction. The sweetest sweet spot in innovation is automation. The most painful pain point for any business is the mismatch between supplies a...