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How DevOps Leads to Digital Resilience

In 2012 we created ScriptRock, a platform designed to eliminate the problem of systems uncertainty in fast-paced environments. It was born out of our experiences in using automation tools and the realization that not knowing an environment inside and out was a disaster in the making, so we built a platform to provide deep visibility for teams as they adopt DevOps practices.

As time went on we realized a few things, the most important being that our platform is useful for so much more than just enabling DevOps. Our customers were doing a whole lot more with ScriptRock than we'd imagined—they were using it for general IT visibility, compliance monitoring, security, troubleshooting, and validation. For a great many people, ScriptRock became a Swiss Army knife, and many of our customers became evangelists. As time went on we were lucky enough to watch a community spring up around us—loyal users whose professional lives have been transformed—talking, blogging, and tweeting about the great things they can do and the time they've saved.

We listened to their feedback and built a lot of requested functionality along the way:

  • In addition to supporting Linux and Windows servers, we built the capability to monitor switches, routers, cloud providers, firewalls, and more, out-of-the-box.
  • We knew asking every business to adapt to us would be foolish, so we created new deployment options to fit ScriptRock into any business.
  • We also built an incredible visual group diff that allows administrators to spot the tiniest configuration inconsistencies across thousands of nodes in one go.
  • We built a fast and robust policy engine that is replacing legacy compliance solutions.

But our product isn't the only thing that's changed—the world has changed, too. Data breaches and unplanned outages are occurring more frequently than ever. Rarely a week goes by without a major event affecting millions of customers.

With the wide volume of information our product is able to collect about the detailed health of a company's infrastructure, the next logical step for us was to add another layer to ScriptRock—a simple, easy-to-understand IT risk score that can indicate to every CFO, CRO, and CEO their company's potential risk of service outages and data breaches. We call that score CSTAR, and executives are using it to know their digital resilience posture against threats and make confident business decisions. ScriptRock has evolved beyond being simply a platform for IT and DevOps professionals—it has become a top-to-bottom platform for digital resilience that learns the state of their IT assets as changes happen.

The name ScriptRock has been good to us, but it doesn't even hint at the level of value our product provides. We're changing our name to UpGuard, but we're not changing our beloved core functionalities or our philosophy that complete IT visibility is necessary for a business to succeed.

We're now witnessing a massive sea change toward IT security, but it doesn't have to slow innovation down. UpGuard provides the level of assurance businesses need going forward.

Rock on,
The ScriptRock UpGuard Team

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When we first started ScriptRock in 2012, our goal was to remove the tension between Dev and Ops: Dev claims the project is code complete; Ops needs more information to deploy. The product was initially built just as a way to define and test configuration items using scripts – we’ve come a long way since. And because of where we are and what we’ve learned from our customers, we know that we do more than keep track of configuration items. We believe we have a platform today that allows our customers to stand Up a consistently configured and highly secure enterprise IT infrastructure, and Guard against security breaches. UpGuard.

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