Mist.io: A Geekdom Startup Simplifying Server Management Across Clouds

Mist.io is simplified server management across clouds. It features a unified interface for several public and private clouds to eliminate the need to deal with several tools and APIs. Mist.io provides a touch-friendly web console for safe access to your servers from your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. In the event of a problem, Mist.io sends a notification, which can be handled from virtually anywhere you are connected. For common, recurring issues you can even automate your Mist.io responses.

“Τhe idea to build Mist.io sprung from our own needs,” explains Chris Psaltis, Co-Founder and CEO of Mist.io. “We had a consulting company since 2009 and we’ve been building and supporting systems for our clients on several clouds. We were a small team so all of us had several responsibilities at the same time, so why not build a tool that lets you act upon alerts from wherever you are no matter where you host your machines? Thus Mist.io was born.”

Mist.io was conceived in Athens, Greece and the team was accepted into Mozilla’s WebFWD startup accelerator and relocated to San Francisco. The company now maintains offices in Greece and the United States at Geekdom San Francisco.

“For us it’s the Geekdom community,” Psaltis says. “You get to meet very smart people doing groundbreaking work. You can network, explore synergies and learn from their experience and expertise. You can also connect with top class mentors from Rackspace to help you out, and every week there’s lots of interesting tech events going on where you get a chance to meet even more interesting people. Overall, Geekdom offers a highly collaborative and inspiring environment that keeps you creative and hungry to push forward.”

Shortly after joining Geekdom, the Mist.io team joined the Rackspace Startup Program.

“To run our service we need considerably larger infrastructure than the average startup,” Psaltis says. “The Rackspace Startup Program helped us get started quickly and painlessly. Over the last couple of months we came to love the performance of Rackspace machines. You know how much load your machines can handle and you’re not in for sudden surprises. The other important factor was Fanatical Support. Problems will arise and you can solve issues much faster, improve your uptime and forget a few of your worries with Rackspace.”

The Mist.io team strives to create simple and elegant solutions to solve real server management problems, backed by a strong engineering culture.

“We’re very excited as we’ve just secured some additional funding and launched a series of new features and underlying improvements,” adds Psaltis. “Most notably, we’ve expanded the list of server metrics that Mist.io monitors and we’ve added support for user-defined custom metrics, one of our most common feature requests. We also added support for managing Docker hosts and containers. And finally, we’ve just released a command line client for our RESTful API.”

And the Mist.io team isn’t stopping there. It’ll continue to build and improve its product.

“In the next few months we’ll deliver features for larger teams like configurable user access rights and audit logs,” concludes Psaltis. “Also, we’ll freshen up our UI to make it sexier. You’re always welcomed to stop by Geekdom in San Francisco, or Athens if you prefer sunny Greece to sunny California… OK, maybe SF can be a bit cloudy at times…but hey, we’re in the cloud business!”

John McKenna loves startups and was a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafted customer stories and produced really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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