We began with the goal of making monitoring truly proactive — not reactive. At Blue Matador, we provide peace of mind for DevOps professionals by enabling them to proactively monitor their infrastructure for the first time.
Blue Matador began in June 2016 to help SysAdmins and DevOps teams maintain and optimize systems against downtime — allowing them to address potential issues on their own schedule, not just react to them.
Matthew Barlocker, CEO and founder, tells the story himself:
I hate when software doesn't work. As an end user, it means I can't shop at my preferred sites or read my favorite blogs. And as a system administrator, it means interrupted vacations and sleepless nights.
Downtime especially affected the birth of my third son, Noah. In the hospital, I received a call from Lucid Software where I was chief architect. Production issues were breaking demos again, upsetting customers, and destroying our reputation. Noah was only hours old, my wife was in recovery after surgery, and yet downtime was controlling my life.
Distressed, I fixed the problem and wondered whether we could have caught the incident earlier. Though we had monitoring software, we weren’t looking for this particular issue. If something had alerted us about the problem beforehand, we could have prevented it at least 24 hours earlier — before customers were angry and before we ever checked in to the hospital.
“Why am I always putting out fires?” I asked myself. “Why can't I get ahead of the curve? Why can't software find the problems for me?”
The idea for Blue Matador was born alongside Noah. We don't have to fight fires — we can get notified of issues early, we can plan ahead, and we can prevent downtime altogether. It takes great talent, superb investors, and the perfect team. That’s what Blue Matador is.
Backed by powerful, seasoned partners, Blue Matador is ambitious on expanding and improving our software for DevOps professionals.
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