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Cloud Monitoring Market: Too Crowded?

You know it, I know it… and everybody in Silicon Valley knows it. The IT monitoring market has seen a major shift. We’ve gone from merely monitoring PCs and servers… toward monitoring on-premises and cloud applications, using a range of new dashboards. The irony? I wonder if too many cloud monitoring startups are getting funded.

One recent example is SignalFX, which has raised nearly $30 million over the past two years or so — and emerged from stealth mode earlier this year. The company claims it has built a modern monitoring platform that offers streaming analytics.

SignalFX certainly isn’t alone. Appedo announced $1 million in funding for an application performance management in March. Datadog raised $31 million in Series C funding back in January 2015 — hoping to provide one dashboard for all monitoring. And a lengthy list of additional players — in touch with After Nines Inc. — hopes to emerge from stealth mode late this year.

IT management’s next wave looks like a crowded ride. New Relic has already gone public; AppDynamics hopes to pursue an IPO; and Boundary raised its latest round of venture funding in 2014 — though an unexpected CEO change at Boundary surfaced this year. (See our podcast archive for interviews with a range of CEOs in this market.)

FIGHTING FOR AIR IN THE CLOUD

Still, the IT monitoring market — shifting toward the cloud model — has gotten very crowded. I sense that a shakeout is coming. Within the next 12 months, I think it will become increasingly difficult for IT monitoring startups to raise money.

As Yogi Berra once said: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

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