2017 Year in Review at VividCortex

Posted by Baron Schwartz on Jan 4, 2018 3:47:50 PM

It’s easy to observe (pun intended) in the rear-view mirror. Hindsight bias aside, 2017 was a big year for VividCortex and our customers! We shipped lots of features and made tons of progress on the business. Here’s a brief overview of some of our proudest moments from 2017.

Enhanced PostgreSQL support

We love PostgreSQL, and we released lots of enhancements for it! Here’s some of the stuff we did for our PostgreSQL customers:

  • Supported the great work the Postgres community did on version 10 and all its new features
  • Made VividCortex awesome for our customers who use CitusDB
  • Added support to monitor PgBouncer, which nearly everyone who’s using Postgres in a mission-critical environment is using by default
  • Added SQL query analysis to provide that extra level of database-specific insight, so you get help really understanding what your SQL does
  • Added support for collecting and analyzing lots more data. You can now rank, sort, slice-and-dice so many things: Queries, Databases and Verbs by Shared Blocks Hit, Shared Blocks Read, Shared Blocks Dirtied, Shared Blocks Written, Local Blocks Hit, Local Blocks Read, Local Blocks Dirtied, Local Blocks Written, Temp Blocks Read, Temp Blocks Written, Block Read Time and Block Write Time. And that's not all, you can rank and profile Verbs and Users too!

Released Many MongoDB Improvements

We spent a ton of time expanding our support for our MongoDB customers. A few of the many things we improved:

  • Index analysis, a key pain point for MongoDB, which relies heavily on indexes for performance
  • Automatic discovery of the full MongoDB scale-out configuration, including support for discovering and monitoring mongod, mongos, and config servers
  • Auto-discovery of replication sets and clusters
  • A Node Group view to visualize the cluster hierarchy
  • Deep profiling capabilities for missing indexes, locking performance, data size, index size, and looking for blocking and most frequent queries in db.currentOp() -- plus a bunch more!
  • Cursor operations, EXPLAIN, new expert dashboards, and more
  • In-app help documentation tooltips to help you understand all those MongoDB metrics and what they mean


Released Extended Support for Amazon RDS

We added support for enhanced metrics in Amazon RDS, so now you get CloudWatch, host metrics, and tons more detail. This is super helpful when trying to debug black-box behaviors on RDS!

Released Expert Insights

In October we released Expert Insights for PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and MySQL. These features automatically and continually monitor your databases with dozens of rules and checks. They essentially continually test your database’s state and behavior to provide best practice recommendations about configuration, security, and query construction. Now you don’t have to manually review everything, because VividCortex never sleeps!



Improved Charts and Dashboards

We released a bunch of updates to the Charts section in 2017. KPI dashboards for MongoDB and PostgreSQL are new chart categories with key performance indicator (KPI) metrics preselected by our brainiacs. They show you the most important performance and health information at a glance. Built by experts, so you don’t have to do all that work yourself:



The new "System Resources by Hosts" category of charts plots several hosts on each chart so you can easily spot outliers. In the following screenshot, you can immediately see one of the hosts has much higher CPU utilization than the others:

There’s more. We redesigned Charts and Dashboards for a better experience with hundreds or thousands of hosts: new summarized charts scale to infinity and beyond, and you can make your own custom dashboards. Customize away!

New Funding, SOC-2 Compliance, And More!

In August we closed our $8.5M Series A-1 led by Osage Venture Partners with the participation of Bull City Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Battery Ventures. We’re thrilled to have recruited such a great group of investors to help us on our way! We’re using the funding to hire and we’re doubling down on our investments in product improvements.

In December we completed SOC 2 Type I certification. This was a massive effort involving almost everyone in the company. We value our customers and we work hard to keep everyone safe!

The most rewarding and important things we did in 2017 were for our customers. There’s too much to list in detail, but we invite you to read their stories. Here’s a few: Shopify, SendGrid, and DraftKings. If you just want the highlights, here’s a quick video that covers a lot of what our customers say about us.

2017 was a productive year for us. In 2018 we’re looking forward to more of the same: shipping more features for our users, keeping up with all of the database news, and seeing everyone at conferences! Here’s to a great 2018 from all of us at VividCortex. See you there -- and if you haven't experienced VividCortex yet, give it a try!

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