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VMblog Expert Interview: Ilan Peleg Talks About the Shift-left Phenomena, Recent Milestones and New Funding at Lightrun

Lightrun Interview 

Bugs in production just keep getting trickier. From the accidental logic errors that developers make, to the unforeseen issues that only occur on specific user and machine configurations -- it's just not possible to predict all of the production bugs that could happen in advance of deployment.

Developer teams are increasingly debugging in production -- not dev or staging -- and there is a rush of new vendor tooling to shift observability to the left side, the developer side, of the software development lifecycle. VMblog caught up with Ilan Peleg, co-founder and CEO of the continuous debugging and observability company, Lightrun to learn more about the shift-left phenomena and to discuss recent milestones the company has achieved, including a $23 million Series A funding round.

VMblog:  We last spoke to you in April when the company announced the release of a free, self-service version of its popular debugging solution for developers, Lightrun Cloud.  What distinguishes Lightrun in this observability space as a unique solution?

Ilan Peleg: Lightrun gives developers "shift left" observability from within the tooling they already use (IDEs, CLIs, code repositories), and the ability to add logs, metrics and traces to running applications. Developers use Lightrun's capabilities to verify new features as part of their CI/CD pipeline. Lightrun streamlines this process of defining and consuming observability. This way it becomes a real-time process, an ops-free process that is controlled, defined and consumed by developers. Developers will be able to work without involving operations managers, creating a much more agile organization, better MTTR and a better developer experience while optimizing observability costs. It's really this focus on developer- native debugging, which gets developers out of the loop of APM tools, reviewing logging and monitoring data in third party SaaS interfaces -- and brings the visibility instead into the IDEs that they actually use every day.

VMblog:  It's great that you closed one of the largest Series A rounds for an observability company, and one of the largest recent Series A's in Tel Aviv.  Why the interest in Lightrun from VCs?

Peleg: We met with a number of firms, but really clicked with Insight Partners. Our story is straightforward, and the value of debugging is easy to understand. We heard a lot of excitement based on the success of other companies that have shifted security left in the software development lifecycle (SFDLC), like Snyk shifting security left, and HashiCorp shifting testing to the left. It's pretty obvious that in this time of hyper digital transformation, organizations have to be more Agile, react to bugs faster, and track issues faster, earlier in the SFDLC.

VMblog:  Where will you invest the funding?  What plans do you have for Lightrun?

Peleg: Supporting the developer community using our free and paid versions, and growing our sales and marketing teams to support demand and sales activity will be two key areas. We'll also be expanding the product's language and platform coverage. Currently we support Java, but we will be adding support for additional languages soon.

VMblog:  What should developers be thinking about for the remainder of 2021?

Peleg: Developers should have the ability to control what data the application should reveal about itself during runtime, rather than the standard ‘static' way by which observability pillars are pre-defined during the development phase. Lightrun empowers developers to define what logs, metrics and traces their applications should generate while the services are running.

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Published Friday, May 28, 2021 4:30 PM by David Marshall
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