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KubeCon 2021 Q&A: Rookout Showcases Modern Debugging Platform, Unparalleled Ability to Collect Any Piece of Data


KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2021.  Will you be in attendance?  If so, VMblog invites you to learn about Rookout.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview between VMblog and Oded Keret, Rookout's product lead.  Rookout is a live debugging solution that provides an unparalleled ability to collect any piece of data, from the deepest levels of live code, on-demand. This empowers engineers to find the data they need instantly and deliver it anywhere, in order to understand and advance their software.

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VMblog:  Can you give us the high-level rundown of your company’s technology offerings?  Explain to readers who you are, what you do, what problems you solve, etc.


Oded Keret:  Rookout is a dynamic observability platform. The short answer is we give Developers and DevOps engineers real-time answers to their real-time questions. Traditional monitoring solutions are static and require engineers to set alerts in advance -- but the fact of the matter is that in modern, dynamic environments you can't predict what will go wrong! It's unreasonable to set up monitors and print log lines for every possible scenario without creating a ton of noise.

We offer dynamic instrumentation, enabled by bytecode manipulation, that gives developers the superpower to extract the data they need on the fly, without having to write more code or redeploy their applications.

VMblog:  Have you sponsored KubeCon in the past?  If so, what is it about this show that keeps you coming back as a sponsor?

Keret:  Of course. The fact of the matter is that Kubernetes has won. It's the standard way to orchestrate containers, and container adoption has only continued to grow. We built Rookout with these cloud-native environments in mind.

VMblog:  At what stage do you feel we are at with regard to containers?  Is there anything still holding it back?  Or keeping it from a wider distribution?

Keret:  In the grand scheme of things, containers and specifically Kubernetes are still relatively new. According to the CNCF, Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source projects in history, and we're also seeing heavy adoption of managed Kubernetes, so I think as the community grows and the supporting ecosystem gets stronger, developers even within more legacy organizations will continue to adopt Kubernetes - and we want to be one of the tools that helps with this adoption.

VMblog:  How does your company or product fit within the container, cloud, Kubernetes ecosystem?

Keret:  Every developer is used to debugging applications. But we are pulling developers out of the IDE and into a beautiful web app that's highly visual and is dealing with actual production data. Now you can debug at the cluster level all the way down to the specific problematic pod with Rookout.

VMblog: Do you have anything new that you've either recently announced or plan to discuss in more detail at the event?  Can we get a sneak peek?

Keret:  Related to the answer to the previous question - we are announcing a brand new cloud-native debugging experience that is highly visual. This new experience intelligently visualizes containerized applications by namespace, pod, and cluster for rapid debugging on Kubernetes.      


VMblog:  Attendees always enjoy a good trade show tchotchke. Are you giving away any prizes at your booth or participating in any prize giveaways? 

Keret:  The Rookout booth will have some pretty awesome swag options available. We'll be running a raffle for a Nintendo Switch and giving away some awesome swag items, like Rookout newly-designed T-shirts. All you have to do to enter is stop by our booth (#S6), get a quick demo, and receive a super cool Rookout swag shirt!

VMblog:  There will be plenty of interesting topics covered during the KubeCon keynotes and breakout sessions.  But can you take this opportunity to share your own thoughts about any big changes or directions you see for this industry? What trends do you see?

Keret:  We see a big motion towards Dynamic Observability! Traditional monitoring tools are static and require engineers to set up monitors and alerts in advance. The future is the ability to get real-time answers from complex systems on the fly.


Published Monday, October 04, 2021 11:01 AM by David Marshall
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