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StrongLoop StrongOps 2.0 DevOps For Node.js

With no noticeable use of the word "weak" employed at any level, StrongLoop launches StrongOps this month.

This Node.js-specific ALM solution juggles both monitoring and DevOps for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Built on Chrom's JavaScript runtime, Node.js is gaining popularity for the creation "front edge" APIs that mobile and "network applications" applications use to connect to backend data — it is said to be "perfect" for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

StrongOps is offered as a means for developers to troubleshoot performance and runtime problems through the development, test, and production stages of their Node application lifecycle. This latest release offers features such as runtime debugging, process and cluster management, memory leak analysis, error tracing, profiling, and performance monitoring, all in a single dashboard.

Users have said that StrongOps allows them to profile applications in real time and see and analyze slow end points as they monitor CPU usage.

StrongOps claims that development shops that have already deployed Node into production have realized that the current tool-chains for Node are either "immature or non-existent" as we stand today.

"Some of the existing tooling in this space doesn't run on Linux or Windows, or if it does, requires complicated workarounds to function," said Issac Roth, CEO of StrongOps. "A subscription to StrongOps entitles developers to technical support for Node core and modules, plus tools to create private registries and API servers."

In terms of what's new in StrongOps: There is cluster management to scale on demand with no application restarts; management of Node process to control downtime and hot deployments; improved CPU profiling and GC stats to optimize code; memory profiling and heap dumps to identify memory leaks and code hotspots; and secured monitoring with encrypted performance data sent across firewalls.

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