Speedinvest invests in Datapath.io

Datapath.io provides Network Performance Management for (Net)DevOps

Cloud Application Performance Weakest Link

The cloud ecosystem has developed at a breathtaking pace since its emergence about 2 decades ago. Today adoption is pretty much universal with 1/3 of IT spend happening in the cloud, and cloud computing infrastructure and platforms growing around 25% YoY to an estimated $100B+ in 2016, driven mainly by the increase in SaaS application workloads.

Being able to offer reliable and high performance Web/Mobile applications is critical for cloud customers. We all know the headlines around Google seeing that an extra 0.5 seconds in search page load time dropped traffic and revenue by 20%, and Amazon finding out that every 100ms of latency cost them 1% in sales, for example.

Application performance optimization is where DevOps spend much of their time – hence the rapid growth of solutions like AppDynamics and New Relic. However, Internet performance remains an Achilles’ heel of application performance and is often the weakest link. To optimize networking performance DevOps lack

1) Granular visibility

2) Easily accessible solutions (deep network engineering skills required)

3) That are economically viable (no huge hardware investment)

Cloud customers with the required resources and skills can turn to the networking equipment vendors and build their own solutions. CDNs are good solutions for static content, less so for dynamic content, ads, transactional data or e-commerce. There is a clear opportunity in the market for a service that delivers rich Internet performance management capabilities to DevOps and IT application managers through an easy to use dashboard.

This is why we could not be more excited about our investment in datapath.io together with Target Partners and a select set of business angels.

datapath.io was founded in 2012 by a Sebastian Spies, an expert in carrier-grade networking technologies and Sascha Coldewey, a serial entrepreneur in the e-commerce space.

Using its own reimplementation of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) running on commodity hardware, datapath.io monitors the real-time network performance and characteristics of 600K+ networks (prefixes) globally from 70 vantage points. It uses this information to

1) Provide detailed and granular access to individual application performance as a function of end user network/location.

2) Easily set network performance requirements and rules (e.g. switch routing when latency to US West increases > 50 ms)

3) Automatically update routing tables and re-route traffic overriding standard BGP routing based on customer requirements/preferences

Congratulations to datapath.io for coming out of the Beta and the general availability of their NP² (Network Performance Platform)!

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