Datadog strengthens API observability with Seekret acquisition

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New York-based Datadog, which gives a security-focused cloud monitoring platform for enterprise functions and infrastructure, has introduced the acquisition of Seekret – an Israeli firm specializing in API (utility programming interface) observability. The phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Over time, APIs have developed right into a core a part of fashionable cloud functions. They sit as an middleman and allow functions to speak to servers or different functions, constructing experiences and capabilities (like Google Maps’ help on Uber) that might in any other case be troublesome to construct. 

Even at the moment, with regards to managing and monitoring a rising variety of APIs, many organizations battle with technical challenges. Their handbook monitoring strategies typically fail to maintain up with the explosive development. This can lead to an inaccurate understanding of interdependencies, well being, availability and safety of APIs and the way they have an effect on the experiences of utility customers.

Seekret’s automated resolution

With this acquisition, Datadog is seeking to lastly resolve this downside. In line with the corporate, the Israeli group gives a platform that automates the entire discovery means of each personal and public APIs, visualizes dependencies between them and retains up-to-date documentation on the charge of change. This offers prospects a straightforward solution to uncover and handle APIs throughout their environments.

Whereas Datadog has not shared particular particulars of the plan, it has confirmed that the corporate will carry key capabilities from Seekret into its safety and observability choices. Past this, it additionally plans to make use of the deal to develop options that would assist builders and operations and safety engineers higher handle the well being, availability and safety of their APIs.

Since 2010, Datadog has been providing builders and safety groups instruments to observe the whole lot of their stack, aggregating metrics and occasions throughout their servers, apps, and databases and presenting the information in a single unified view. API observability has additionally been part of the hassle. Nevertheless, past API implementations that have been explicitly developer-instrumented, API monitoring with Datadog has largely been restricted to artificial checks – the initiation of pre-programmed requests or transactions to API endpoints to measure availability and efficiency. 

“Though artificial monitoring might be useful, the addition of Seekret presents a mechanism to non-invasively accumulate the equal of real-user monitoring (RUM) [in APM parlance] telemetry for APIs and considerably broadens API monitoring to incorporate well being, efficiency and safety use instances that have been beforehand unavailable,” Gregg Siegfried,  VP, analyst on the IT monitoring group inside Gartner, advised Venturebeat.  

“As well as, the product additionally consists of some developer-friendly capabilities that line up properly with Datadog’s CI visibility product,” he added.

Earlier offers 

This isn’t the primary time Datadog has moved to enhance its providing by way of an acquisition. A couple of months in the past, the corporate acquired a real-time collaboration instrument referred to as CoScreen. Final 12 months it additionally acquired a live-debugging resolution (Ozcode), a cybersecurity startup (Sqreen) that helps builders monitor and shield their net apps from vulnerabilities and assaults, and the developer of a instrument for constructing observability pipelines. 

In all, the entire variety of acquisitions made by Datadog (together with Seekret) stands at ten. It competes with gamers like Dynatrace and Splunk.

“Different merchandise compete with parts of the Datadog platform –  some examples are Dynatrace in utility and infrastructure monitoring, Splunk in log, utility and infrastructure monitoring, Sysdig in container infrastructure and safety monitoring and the hyperscale cloud suppliers with respect to workloads working of their respective clouds. In a crowded area like fashionable monitoring, there’s something for everybody.  Different options could also be sooner, inexpensive or extra appropriate for particular use instances. Nonetheless, it’s a problem to seek out one other monitoring platform that matches Datadog’s breadth,” Siegfried emphasised.

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