Datadog strengthens API observability with the acquisition of Seekret

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New York-based Datadog, which provides a security-focused cloud monitoring platform for enterprise applications and infrastructure, has announced the acquisition of Seekret, an Israeli company specializing in Application Programming Interface (API) observability. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Over the years, APIs have evolved into a fundamental part of modern cloud applications. They sit as middlemen and allow applications to communicate with servers or other applications, building experiences and capabilities (like Google Maps support on Uber) that would otherwise be difficult to build.

Even today, many organizations face technical challenges when it comes to managing and monitoring a growing number of APIs. Their manual monitoring methods often fail to keep up with explosive growth. This can lead to an inaccurate understanding of the interdependencies, integrity, availability and security of APIs and how they affect application user experiences.

Seekret’s automated solution

With this acquisition, Datadog is trying to finally solve this problem. According to the company, the Israeli organization provides a platform that automates the complete discovery process of public and private APIs, visualizes the dependencies between them, and keeps documentation up to date at the pace of change. This gives customers an easy way to discover and manage APIs in their environments.

While Datadog hasn’t shared specific details of the plan, it has confirmed that the company will bring Seekret’s key features into its security and observability offerings. Beyond that, it also plans to use the agreement to further develop features that could help developers and security and operational engineers better manage the integrity, availability and security of their APIs.

Since 2010, Datadog has provided developers and security teams with tools to monitor everything in their stack, aggregating metrics and events across servers, apps and databases, and presenting data in a single unified view.

“The addition of the Seekret platform will give us the opportunity to create many different capabilities for our customers for API observability, security and collaboration. We are thrilled that the Seekret team is joining us on this journey, “said Renaud Boutet, Senior Vice President of Product at Datadog. However, he did not disclose when exactly the integration will take place.

Previous offers

It is not the first time that Datadog has taken steps to improve its offer through an acquisition. A few months ago, the company acquired a real-time collaboration tool called CoScreen. Last year it also acquired a real-time debugging solution (Ozcode), a cybersecurity startup (Sqreen) that helps developers monitor and protect their web apps from vulnerabilities and attacks, and the developer of a tool for creation of observability pipelines.

Overall, the total number of acquisitions made by Datadog (including Seekret) is 10.

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