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VMblog Expert Interview: Eduardo Silva Explores Calyptia, First-Mile Observability and What's Next for Fluent Bit

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VMblog recently connected with Calyptia, a company with a commitment to helping customers focus on gaining the most insight and value out of their data pipelines and understanding how data is flowing in the first mile of observability.

To find out more about the company's recent funding, the problems they solve, and their plans for the next 12 months, we reached out to Eduardo Silva, the Founder and CEO of Calyptia. 

VMblog:  Congratulations on your recent funding. As we begin, can you provide some context for our readers by explaining what Calyptia does?

Eduardo Silva:  Calyptia was founded by the creators and maintainers of the Fluent Bit open-source project, a fast, lightweight, and highly scalable logging and metrics processor that recently surpassed one billion deployments.  Building on that foundation, Calyptia brings to market the first comprehensive enterprise solution for First Mile Observability, enabling any organization to 1) effectively manage observability data at scale and 2) receive immediate insight into their systems' performance. 

Calyptia's flagship solution, Calyptia Enterprise for Fluent Bit, includes a data aggregator to ensure that all event data is collected, formatted, and routed as defined, a control plane to provide fine-grained management of the process, and extensive developer toolsets to simplify enterprise adoption.  Calyptia solutions integrate seamlessly with existing observability backends so data from any source can be sent to any destination, to both improve systems analytics and reduce cost.

VMblog:  What problem does Calyptia solve?

Silva:  In order for any IT organization to meet SLAs around availability and security, it must maintain a near real-time understanding of the state of its infrastructure.  The challenge has always been how to quickly and efficiently get intelligence out of the mountain of log and event data created across the enterprise.  And this problem is getting more difficult, as organizations quickly adopt distributed, dynamic, cloud-native services - meaning a more complex, ephemeral environment, and even more data.  Legacy observability solutions can't keep up, as they require that data be transported and analyzed centrally within a back-end system before any intelligence can be provided.  This time-consuming and costly process means intelligence is often not generated rapidly enough to troubleshoot issues and optimize performance.  

The core value Calyptia Enterprise provides is its ability to process event data at scale-up to petabytes of data daily across thousands of servers in many of our deployments- when and where it is created, to provide immediate insight and actionable intelligence and enable any organization to respond quickly to any issue.

VMblog:  Talk about what you mean by "First-Mile Observability" and how does it differ from traditional observability?

Silva:  First-Mile Observability refers to Calyptia's ability to collect and analyze data at its source and provide immediate insight into system performance. It's different from traditional observability solutions that require data to be fully routed to back-end "last mile" storage before centralized analysis and reporting can take place. The conventional approach no longer serves enterprise customers who are working with distributed IT, including IoT and edge applications across public and private cloud environments. Only First-Mile Observability has the speed and scale to support these dynamic systems.

First Mile Observability is about developers and practitioners being able to get insights about their systems as soon as possible, within that First Mile. The quicker an organization can diagnose, troubleshoot, and respond, the better their systems will perform - and the business as a whole will benefit. Now, any organization, no matter how large or complex their ecosystem, can easily obtain immediate insight and actionable intelligence regarding their systems.

VMblog:  You recently raised $5 million in venture funding. Who are your investors and how do you plan to use those funds?

Silva:  Calyptia recently closed a seed funding round of $5 million led by Sierra Ventures and Carbide Ventures. 

We are using the funds to 1) build out our enterprise offering, to expand upon the Fluent open-source solutions, and ensure that any organization can fully realize the benefits of Fluent as the backbone of their enterprise observability platform, and 2) expand our go to market team, to meet customer demand and ensure all those new customers are successful.

VMblog:  Can you provide a general roadmap for Calyptia Enterprise for Fluent Bit over the next 12 months?

Silva:  There are four primary areas of focus for our roadmap:  1) Continue to invest in open-source and help the community to evolve Fluent Bit to become even faster, more efficient, and more powerful and to support additional data types, 2) Expand the developer toolsets to ensure every practitioner can quickly become successful, 3) Develop more enterprise functionality to further support use cases around DevOps, Security, AI Ops, and Observability, and 4) Create more connectors to more technologies and services across the enterprise observability ecosystem, allowing data to be sent from any source to any destination, and enabling our customers to get maximum value from their observability pipeline.

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Published Tuesday, March 01, 2022 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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