Boundary Integrates with Opscode Chef to Improve Big Data Application Performance
April 26, 2012
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Boundary, a provider of cloud-based monitoring systems for Big Data applications, announced integration to Opscode, a provider of cloud infrastructure automation.

The integration brings the full capabilities of Opscode Chef, the popular systems integration framework, to Boundary’s real-time cloud-based monitoring platform.

By leveraging the infrastructure automation capabilities of Chef, Boundary is able to display changes that impact a user’s application environment, less than two seconds after they occur. The alerts, which appear as annotations in Boundary's real-time analytics graph, enable developers and IT operations staff to respond quickly to problems and ensure high-quality performance in dynamic Big Data environments.

The integration has three components:

- First, Boundary supplies a “Chef Cookbook” to automate deployment and management of Boundary “meters” across users’ public and/or private infrastructure.

- Second, meters in Boundary are automatically tagged and grouped according to node tags and roles in Chef. This ensures a seamless and consistent view of the environment, as users move between Chef and Boundary.

- Third, Boundary annotates its real time monitoring graph with all changes deployed by Chef. Within two seconds, users can receive an alert on the effect in the environment.

"Integrating Chef with Boundary provides customers a way to see the effect of any application change – such as when configuration settings are updated – in a continuous second-by-second view," said Gary Read, CEO at Boundary. "The ability to see changes annotated in Boundary’s real-time graph provides a cause-and-effect view that helps customers find developing problems before they become fires."

"Cloud computing and Big Data have created new requirements for monitoring distributed systems," said Jesse Robbins, Opscode Chief Community Officer. "By integrating with Chef, Boundary is offering developers and operations teams a unique view of their applications that helps them continuously deliver quality service to their customers."

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