Entrepreneurs Chris Nguyen and Lee Liu recently had a “Slack moment” when they realized a tool they had built for their ecommerce company was more valuable than their original product. That formed the basis of their new startup, called LogDNA, which specializes in server management for engineers and people working in DevOps. Today, the company announced it has raised $1.3 million in funding from Initialized Capital and Skype cofounder Jaan Tallinn.
Other investors participating in the round include HelloSign chief operating officer Whitney Bouck, Tamares Group, Home Care Assistance CEO Lily Sarafan, and Cariden cofounder Arash Afrakhteh.
LogDNA aims to give DevOps teams information about their infrastructure to alleviate outage times that might impact customers. “The amount of log data that is produced today is enormous and still growing,” Nguyen told VentureBeat. “However, we still analyze this information as a reaction to failures rather than proactively identifying patterns to prevent them. We want to take this wealth of information and notify DevOps teams about issues before they occur, similar to how a doctor uses early detection technology to help treat or prevent diseases.”
With this fresh infusion of capital, the company intends to add more features to its product and integrate it into other services as it works to improve its user numbers.
Although consumers won’t care about what LogDNA does, businesses are likely to pay attention, thanks to the growing importance placed on maintaining a strong digital presence, particularly in the area of ecommerce. Being able to proactively scan logs for potential trouble or outages could give companies an advantage in minimizing disruptions to their business and, ultimately, their bottom line.
Customers can sign up for a free plan that will allow them to store up to 50GB of log data a month, or they can pay $999 a month for up to a terabyte of storage at the enterprise level.
Of course, LogDNA is not the only game in town when it comes to logging data on servers, the service competes against Loggly, Logentries, Sumo Logic, Scalyr, and others.