386: Tech Startup Netsil Reveals ‘Google Maps of Microservices Applications’

Nov 17, 2017
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Netsil is an application mapping and monitoring company based in San Francisco, California. Netsil’s seed round of funding was participated in by Mayfield Fund, Engineering Capital, Moment Ventures and other marquee Silicon Valley investors. The Application Operations Center (AOC), enables DevOps teams to gain complete visibility into all the services and their dependencies, with absolutely no code changes required. As a result, DevOps teams are able to reduce downtime, ensure safer deployments and meet their service level objectives (SLOs).

Now that most companies  are using hundreds of apps and microservices and they all create dependencies between each other and the underlying technology infrastructure. Any number of small changes to one app can have unintended impacts on other apps. Netsil’s product “listens” (Netsil spelt backwards) to the activity going on inside a company’s computing environment and provides IT teams with an auto-discovered map of those interactions so they can quickly see how every app is performing.

The tech startup was born at the University of Pennsylvania, where the CEO was getting his Ph.D. There he hooked up with the other co-founder, a high-ranking engineer at Twitter who was having a tough time keeping all of Twitter’s apps and microservices running. Together they realized that what IT and DevOps teams needed was a map of their cloud app environments. The rest is history, so to say.

I invited Harjot Gill, Co-founder & CEO at Netsil onto the show to learn more about their inspirational startup story. Harjot drives the overall business and technology vision and has several years of experience in architecting and building networked and distributed systems.

Prior to Netsil, Harjot was a Ph.D. candidate in Computer and Information Science at University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on the intersection of multicore systems, declarative languages, distributed & fault-tolerant systems and software-defined networks.

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