Cortex Query Builder Provides Instant Visibility Into Microservice-specific Data, Accelerating Innovation as the System of Record for Engineering

SAN FRANCISCO – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Cortex today announced the addition of Cortex Query Builder to its engineering recording system, giving organizations the ability to search for any data in their microservice directories. Query Builder uses an extensive library of other Cortex integrations along with a powerful Cortex query language (CQL) that allows users to write clear logical statements or create complex rules that can compare data from multiple sources.

This new feature was used by many organizations to detect and address Log4j vulnerabilities when they were first discovered in December 2021. Clients who used the early Query Builder test ran the rules to find out which of their microservices were labeled as Java services that had not been deployed in the last 24 hours, and then quickly applied patches to those services. This early detection of vulnerabilities, which could otherwise go unnoticed, has helped these organizations avoid millions of dollars and hundreds of hours of downtime.

“Security remains a major challenge for developing and deploying applications in the cloud,” said Lara Greden, director of research, platform as a service (PaaS) at IDC. “Also, there is a big challenge across the industry in attracting and retaining people with cloud development skill sets. Solutions that affect security combined with developer pain points are key to success in the cloud. ”

Today, software development teams find it difficult to work on a scale. As companies grow, the architecture becomes more complex and teams go into the bunker. It is impossible to monitor the quality of service and encourage the adoption of best practices using spreadsheets and general knowledge. Inevitable cracks in the system are manifested in the form of malfunctions, missed deadlines, security incidents and the fluidity of developers. The Cortex platform solves these problems by providing a recording system for engineering that provides full visibility of microservices and control over them on any scale.

Key features of the Cortex platform include:

  • Creating a service allows developers to create new services in five minutes based on templates defined by the organization, ensuring that services meet development standards and are properly cataloged from day one.
  • Cortex teams helps create high-performance engineering cultures by stimulating collective ownership of services, accelerating developer adaptation, and improving inter-team collaboration.
  • Cortex Services Catalog easily integrates with architecture and engineering team tools, making it easy to organize important information about your services and understand their dependencies.
  • Indicator tables allow teams to set standards for their services by measuring things like production readiness and design sustainability, allowing engineering leaders to understand the risk areas in their services and prioritize initiatives accordingly.

“The ability to quickly get information when you need it, with a variety of tools, accelerates innovation, saving time on writing custom scripts and collecting data manually,” said Cortex CTO Ganesh Dutta. “Having all this data in one place and being able to instantly request it opens up new uses for Cortex customers, whether they’re starting new projects or working to optimize the effectiveness of integrating their services.”

About Cortex

The Cortex platform provides an Engineering Recording System designed to give engineers and SRE full visibility and control of microservices. Cortex provides a single glass to visualize service ownership, documentation, and performance history, replacing “tribal knowledge” and spreadsheets. This gives teams engineering and sre visibility and control over their services, even as teams change, people move, platforms change and microservices continue to grow. Cortex is a YCombinator company supported by Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global. For more information, visit or visit us on Twitter at @GetCortexApp.

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