San Francisco-based startup NodePrime wants to be the proverbial single pane of glass that you use to manage your complicated, heavily virtualized data center, the company announced as it exited stealth today with a $7 million seed funding round in the books.
The idea is to provide the type of infrastructure management that Google and Facebook use to manage their outsized data centers. But where Google and Facebook have to spend big on custom hardware and elite engineering talent, NodePrime wants to offer the same capabilities as a commodity.
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NodePrime’s Platform automates the configuration and discovery tasks associated with setting up a data center management platform, using “advanced machine learning” techniques to dramatically reduce the workload for IT staff.
The company has pedigree in both the machine learning and data center fields – NodePrime’s co-founders are Alex Moore, a veteran of data analysis company Palantir, and James Malachowski, formerly of Cisco and Dell. NodePrime boasts several high-profile customers already, including GoDaddy, Ericsson and SAP.
The network and data center management markets have seen a lot of startup activity lately, thanks in large part to the increasingly complex nature of enterprise infrastructure. Workloads are hosted in virtual machines that can be on or off the premises, or further abstracted into containers. Traditionally structured management and monitoring tools are simply insufficient.
Hence, companies like NodePrime and the farther-along SevOne are attracting investment – the latter company, which bills itself as a “digital infrastructure management solution” announced last week that it had closed a $50 million Series C round.