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VictorOps ‘band of brothers’ wage war against IT outages

In the eternal words of Z-Ro, “life is a battlefield.” Love, politics, war, religion, and even information technology all have a unique sets of challenges to conquer.

VictorOps is a platform to help teams of developers “be victorious” when managing their software systems. This Boulder, Colo.-based startup emerged from stealth mode today and revealed $1.58 million in financial backing from Foundry Group, Tango, and the founders.

CEO Todd Vernon previously founded Lijit, an advertising platform for publishers that was acquired by Federated Media last year, and Raindance Communications, a web conferencing company that sold for over $170 million in 2006. His latest endeavor strives to tackle some of the pain points he encountered while running those software-as-a-service businesses.

“We are building the worlds first vertical alerting and collaboration platform for Ops, DevOps, TechOps teams,” he said in an email. “The platform is design to help these teams solve problems faster. Remediation of the platform is a constant in [SaaS] companies. Salesforce.com is for sales teams. Rally is for dev teams. There is no platform currently to help Ops teams.”

This “Vertical Collaboration Platform” will enable these teams to address issues regardless of physical location, connected device, or time of day. Advancements in technology mean that customers expect businesses to be up and running 24/7. In response, businesses set up complicated and large infrastructure that need constant monitoring. VictorOps is a support system for the teams working behind-the-scenes to keep it all functioning smoothly.

Vernon founded VictorOps with COO Bryce Ambraziunasis and CTO Dan Jones, fellow members of the “band of brothers” and veterans of Raindance Communications. These three steely eyed men (view photo above) are forging ahead in the fight against system outages from their mountain base camp. They may look more like former Marines than technology startup guys, but they are armed with years of experience, fierce battle glares, and warm winter clothing. Oh, and venture capital. That helps too.

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