Our Story: What Makes Us Different
The big idea behind StackState came from a high-stakes consulting project for one of Europe's largest banks. Our co-founders, Mark Bakker and Lodewijk Bogaards, had been called in to help the bank deal with a crisis. A highly-visible, critical, customer-facing application was failing repeatedly and the IT teams could not figure out why. There was plenty of data to analyze. However, the data was siloed, messy and lacked any unifying context. Integrating the various telemetry data silos was possible, although it was challenging and time-consuming to do so. Even then, the unifying context challenge still remained.
Our co-founders' epiphany was that topology could be the answer. There was just one problem. Tracking a large, dynamic, complex topology over time at millisecond resolution wasn't possible with existing technology. So Lodewijk and Mark built the world's first, and only, high-performance versioned graph database.
Today, that database and the framework that we call the 4T® Data Model, is the beating heart of our topology-powered observability platform. Our platform correlates topology changes with telemetry and trace data from any source, synchronized over time. This approach eliminated the data silos and provided a unified topology. For the bank, finding root cause was now straightforward - and fast.
Observability is fundamentally a data challenge. Only StackState solves this challenge by making topology a first-class citizen with our unified data model. Better observability data means better business outcomes. Check out the full story of our origin in this blog post or watch the video, below. Better yet, contact us to learn more!