Opbeat Unveils Operations Platform for Developers

Opbeat, which bills itself as the first operations Platform for developers, today announced the release of a complete version of its platform that includes performance metrics.

Opbeat's platform relies on a RESTful Intake API, which allows developers to send data about releases, errors and, now, performance metrics, to Opbeat's cloud. With this, developers have the ability to quickly identify the most significant performance pain points in their applications, determine the number of requests they're serving per minute, and measure their response times by percentile rank. With this information, developers can ensure that their applications are performing as expected and discover performance shortcomings early on. To ease Integration with its Intake API, Opbeat offers a Ruby gem, Python module and Node.js Library.

Opbeat sells access to its platform on a per-seat basis, with users beyond three costing $14 per month. Opbeat does not place limits on the amount of data developers can have their applications send to its cloud, but the Intake API does have a restriction of 250 events per minute.

A new platform for a new development paradigm

There is a large ecosystem of operations tools, but Opbeat is approaching the market from a different angle with its platform. According to an Opbeat spokesperson, "In the old-school tech model, there was a true division of labor: Developers create the code, and system administrators look after the servers. But with the rise of cloud computing, fewer people host on bare metal, and fewer companies need traditional ops people (system admins). It’s leading to a fundamental shift in the required skill set of modern developers as they are increasingly solely responsible for developing, deploying and then servicing the code 24/7."

Opbeat says that despite this shift, vendors are continuing to create operations tools that aren't designed with developers in mind. For instance, "Traditional ops tools are built for single users, but real-world developers work in teams. Our product is built for these teams within small startups, medium-sized businesses or large organizations," the spokesperson explained. "We’re breaking down the data silos and giving responsibility back to the team."

That developer-centric model appealed enough to Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, both of whom are investors in the Copenhagen-based company. According to McCollum, tools like Opbeat are a boon for the move fast and break things mantra that Facebook popularized and so many startups have adopted. "Opbeat is a powerful new tool. It allows developers to move faster and spend less time fixing things when they break," he says.

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