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Komodor automates Kubernetes troubleshooting for faster code updates

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The good news about Kubernetes and microservices is that they allow companies to roll out updates and new features faster and in higher volumes. Unfortunately, that’s also the bad news because if something goes wrong, it can be tremendously complex for the DevOps team to go back and find out what caused the problem.

Komodor, based in Tel Aviv launched 18 months ago to streamline and automate that troubleshooting process. By centralizing data on all updates and changes, the platform enables DevOps to identify and repair a problem in a fraction of the time.

“We noticed two things happening at the same time,” said Ben Ofiri, CEO and co-founder of Komodor. “With the migration to the cloud, today everything is code. And the second thing that happened is the adoption of microservices and specifically Kubernetes. Both things combined led to the fact that today’s companies can move much faster. “

Today, the company got a big boost when it officially went out of stealth mode and announced that he had raised $ 21 million. Accel led the round, which also included funds from former angel investors such as Jason Warner, CTO of GitHub; Sri Viswanath, Atlassian’s CTO; Danny Grander, co-founder of Snyk; Tomer Levy, CEO of Logz.io, Amir Jerbi, co-founder of Aqua Security. The company has now raised a total of $ 25 million.

DevOps challenges

Ofiri experienced the growing challenge DevOps faces while working at Google on its Duplex conversational AI project. He co-founded Komodor with Itiel Shwartz, now CTO, who previously worked as an engineer at eBay.

Above: Komodor co-founders: CTO Itiel Shwartz (left) and CEO Ben Ofiri.

As the adoption of Kubernetes and microservices began to increase a couple of years ago, the couple saw DevOps struggle to keep up with the demands of troubleshooting. Alerts soared and teams struggled to figure out problems and work through increasing complexity, often spending hours trying to rebuild updates that had been spread across various parts of the network and infrastructure.

“Companies are making thousands of changes every day,” Ofiri said. “So on the one hand, it’s cool, right? Today’s CEO likes to see that we made tons of changes. It probably means that we released new features and fixed all the bugs. But the downside, when something doesn’t work, the first question you ask yourself is, ‘What the heck changed in the system?’ “

Fix a hole

To address this problem and simplify the task, the Komodor platform connects to a company’s IT infrastructure and immediately begins scanning it to create a single, unified view of all changes. That includes data from all deployments, configuration changes, past incidents, and data from any third-party services built into the company.

Now when there is an alert, instead of reviewing sparse logs for different aspects of the system, the DevOps team can simply look at the Komodor dashboard.

That dynamic is what drew Accel to Komodor, according to partner Seth Pierrepont. He said the firm had been tracking a paradigm shift that was occurring within the company around developers taking responsibility for incident response. Many of them do not have all the skills to navigate all parts of the IT system.

“The problem, and this is particularly an issue with the microservices infrastructure due to its inherent complexity, is that developers are simply not equipped with the tools or expertise to deal with these issues,” said Pierrepont. “So when you have an incident with your infrastructure, they end up in this kind of scavenger hunt trying to find out what changed, what happened, what went wrong. Says Komodor: “Let me really abstract much of this complexity and provide the answer to what changed in a single pane of glass and help you troubleshoot much more efficiently than you could in the past.”

Komodor is already live with customers, which is helping the company continue product development. Over time, Ofiri said the company wants to expand from a diagnostic stance to help prevent problems and eventually repair them automatically.

“I want to be the platform that helps people understand what happened, manage the problem and prevent it from happening again in their system,” he said.

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