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Cortex Helps SREs Gain Visibility Into Microservices For Better Decision Making | Anish Dhar


Cortex has set out on a mission to tackle the challenges engineering teams and SREs face with microservices. Companies are struggling to keep a track of their services and teams leading to duplication of work and making it more difficult for engineers to gain the visibility they need to deliver high-quality software.

“Cortex helps enforce best practices for reliability and security to give engineers good visibility into what does actually a good quality service look like, which I think often lives in people’s heads,” says Anish Dhar, Co-Founder and CEO of Cortex, on this episode of TFiR Let’s Talk with Swapnil Bhartiya at KubeCon and CloudNativeCon in Valencia, Spain.

Key highlights of this video interview are:

  • Companies of all sizes are struggling to gain visibility into their services and which teams own which services. Dhar describes the challenges companies are facing with microservices and the effect it has on engineering teams.
  • Dhar discusses the reasons that inspired him to start Cortex and what stage the relatively new company is at right now.
  • Reliability and security remain top priorities for companies across multiple industries and Cortex is helping them enforce best practices to ensure these priorities are met. Dhar explains how their product, Scorecards, is helping to grade the quality of their services across all the tooling and infrastructure.
  • Dhar discusses the kind of adoption they are seeing with Cortex. He details some of the challenges their customers are experiencing and how their product is helping to solve these difficulties.
  • Cortex’s platform aims to help engineering teams understand and improve their services. Dhar discusses the platform’s features in detail, and the different versions of the product. He explains how the different components ensure that standards are met from day one.
  • Dhar discusses the cultural shifts he has seen between silos and microservices. He explains the challenges SREs face with keeping a track of services and understanding ownership and the impact it has on the culture of the engineering organization. He discusses how Cortex bridges these gaps.
  • Finding the balance between how quickly you can ship out new features versus technical debt can be problematic. Dhar feels that technical debt is often overlooked. He explains how Cortex works to track technical debt to help leaders gain good visibility to enable them to make educated decisions.
  • Dhar shares best practices engineering teams can put in place to help them better keep a track of their services.
  • Dhar details Cortex’s roadmap, what features they are working on and how it will help engineers gain insights about the services they are consuming, the infrastructure and associated costs.

Check out more about Cortex Service Catalog
Check out Cortex Scorecard

Connect with Anish Dhar (LinkedIn, Twitter)

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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