Petersen and Villella see gold in log data
HEADQUARTERS: Boulder, Colo.
PRODUCTS: LogRhythm 4.0
PRINCIPALS: Chris Petersen, co-founder and CTO; Phillip Villella, co-founder and chief scientist; Andy Grolnick, president and CEO
INVESTORS: Access Venture Partners, The Colorado Fund, Croghan Investments
EARLY CUSTOMERS: Kroger, AIG, Coalfire Systems
Co-founder Petersen literally bet the ranch on LogRhythm. "I sold my house and funded the company based on that," he says. He and Villella wanted to focus on building the product rather than courting VCs. Petersen was formerly a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Villella has a doctorate in condensed matter physics. Much of his thesis research focused on building software for numerical simulations and data analysis--good training for log management.
LogRhythm competes in a crowded market. LogLogic, Q1 Labs' Slim, and Splunk are leaders in log management. ArcSight, Intellitactics, NetForensics, and SenSage are major SEM players.
Log management has become a hot topic. Many regulations and compliance initiatives, such as the credit card industry's PCI standards, require log collection and review. Compliance and security teams are usually the first groups in a company to call on LogRhythm, but it doesn't stop there. "We show them other ways they can use the product, and the ROI goes up," Petersen says. He predicts that network operations groups will be a major opportunity for the company in the next two years.
This story was updated March 31 to correct the spelling of Chris Petersen's name.