Rajiv Mirani, CTO, Cloud Platforms, Nutanix
Harjot Gill, Founder and CEO, Netsil
Today we announced that Nutanix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Netsil Inc., an applications discovery and operations management company that provides state-of-the-art observability in modern distributed cloud environments. Together with Netsil, we can continue to provide our customers with one-click simple application visibility, security and insights. The closing of the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Over the past few years, Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud Operating System has become the best way for enterprises to build their private and hybrid clouds. We have done so by converging much of the datacenter stack into software that spans compute, networking and storage (Acropolis), virtualization (AHV) and operations management (Prism), while retaining an open platform approach and an obsession with the user experience.
With increased adoption of multi-cloud platforms, the lack of a consistent approach to operations management becomes a big problem and a source of much unneeded complexity. Application owners – both traditional IT administrators and devops – want more insight into and control over their clouds, but struggle to understand existing interactions in these environments. As a result, brownfield visibility and discoverability of applications becomes critical. Increasingly, our customers and partners have asked us to extend the one-click simplicity that we have brought to infrastructure and application analysis, troubleshooting, remediation and optimization to include their multi-cloud environments.
At the same time, the application landscape is changing. Containers and microservices represent a new paradigm for building applications and offer many advantages including small self-contained components with independent release cycles, clear separation of concerns, and API-first design. As a consequence, however, application topographies and interactions change rapidly. Application level visibility and control becomes an important problem – visualizing interactions between services, securing them, finding performance bottlenecks and troubleshooting problems that arise. Traditional code-centric monitoring tools no longer suffice.
Another problem with monitoring modern applications is the sheer volume of data. With hundreds or even thousands of microservices constituting an application, making sense of this volume of data in real-time needs systems designed to be distributed and scalable.
Netsil has developed proprietary technology that addresses this problem both for traditional virtualized applications as well as modern containerized ones. Built on years of research, Netsil’s product incorporates novel algorithms to achieve performance and scale while retaining complete transparency to the application. It is deployed as a non-invasive scale out network service that listens to API calls, database calls, and other communications between application components. Using this gathered knowledge, the product provides contextual maps and key performance indicators for the application. No code-embedded agents or code changes are required. While the transparent approach is innovative in itself, Netsil has developed custom algorithms for high-performance application layer traffic analysis that can achieve an order of magnitude speedup over other techniques.
Once the acquisition closes, Netsil’s technology will complement the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Operating System by giving our customers enhanced visibility and control at every layer: from infrastructure to applications to hybrid cloud. It will enable them to monitor their applications for uptime and reliability, to troubleshoot and remediate performance issues, and is designed to help them secure applications from malware and malicious actors.
We are excited to soon welcome the Netsil team into the Nutanix family and look forward to bringing these new capabilities to you in the near future.
This blog contains express and implied forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to the closing of the Netsil acquisition, the impact of the Netsil acquisition to our business, our plans to introduce product features in future releases, including the integration of Netsil’s products into our offerings, and our ability to successfully integrate Netsil and its employees and intellectual property. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts and instead are based on our current expectations, estimates, opinions, and beliefs. Consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events and involves risks, uncertainties, and other factors beyond our control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: failure to close, or unexpected difficulties or delays in closing, the Netsil acquisition; failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; delays in or lack of customer or market acceptance of our new product features or technology; our ability to successfully integrate Netsil’s employees and intellectual property; the possibility that we may not receive anticipated results from the Netsil acquisition; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; and other risks detailed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on December 13, 2017. Our SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at ir.nutanix.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this blog and, except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances.