Lightrun, a Tel Aviv-based startup that makes it much easier for developers to debug their production code, today announced that it has actually raised a $4 million seed round led by Glilot Capital Partners, with involvement from a number fo engineering executives from numerous Fortune 500 firms.
The company, which was co-founded by Ilan Peleg (who, in a previous life, was a competitive 800m runner) and Leonid Blouvshtein, with Peleg taking the CEO role and Blouvshtein the CTO position.
The overall idea behind Lightrun is that it’s too difficult for designers to debug their production code. “In today’s world, whenever a developer issues a new software application version and releases it into production, the only way to understand the application’s habits is based upon log lines or metrics which were specified during the development stage,” Peleg explained. “The important things is, that is just inadequate. We’ve all encountered cases of missing out on a very particular log line when trying to repair production issues, then needing to launch a new hotfix version in order to include this particular logline, or– additionally– recreate the bug in your area to better understand the application’s habits.”
With Lightrun, as the co-founders showed me in a demo, designers can easily include new logs and metrics to their code from their IDE and after that receive real-time information from their real production or advancement environments. For that to work, they require to have the Lightrun agent set up, but the overhead here is normally low due to the fact that the representative sits idle until it is needed. In the IDE, the experience isn’t all that different from setting a traditional breakpoint in a debugger– only that there is no break. Lightrun can also utilize existing logging tools like Datadog to pipeline its logging information to them.
While the service’s agent is agnostic about the environment it runs in, the business presently only supports JVM languages. Blouvshtein kept in mind that building JVM language support was likely harder than building assistance for other languages and the company plans to introduce support for more languages in the future.
“We make a point of buying innovations that transform big markets,” stated Kobi Samboursky, founder and managing partner at Glilot Capital Partners.” Lightrun is leading Constant Debugging and Continuous Observability, getting where CI/CD ends, turning observability into a real-time procedure instead of the iterative procedure it is today. We’re confident that this will end up being DevOps and development finest practices, making it possible for I&O leaders to respond faster to production issues.”
In the meantime, there is still a bit of an onboarding procedure to get going with Lightrun, though that’s generally an extremely brief procedure, the team tells me. Gradually, the business prepares to make this a self-service procedure. At that point, Lightrun will likely also become more fascinating to smaller sized teams and private designers, though the company is mostly concentrated on enterprise users and despite only really introducing out of stealth today and offering minimal language support, the business already has a variety of paying customers, including major enterprises.
“Our method is based on 2 techniques: top-down and bottom-up. Bottom-up, we’re targeting developers, they are the end-users and we wish to ensure they get a quality product they can trust to help them. We put a lot of effort into reaching out through the developer channels and neighborhoods, as well as making it possible for usage and getting feedback. […] Top-down method, we are approaching R&D management like VP of R&D, R&D directors in bigger companies and after that we reveal them how Lightrun saves company advancement resources and enhances customer satisfaction.”
Unsurprisingly, the business, which currently has about a dozen staff members, prepares to use the brand-new funding to add assistance for more languages and to improve its service with brand-new features, including support for tracing.
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