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Sloopengine story: Helping Dev teams secure their source code & servers

Briefly talk about your product?

John: SloopEngine, is a cloud-based SaaS product that helps technical teams manage server access, source code access, SSH keys, SSH logging & auditing on the cloud. With a single SloopEngine account, multiple teams, environments, servers, etc., effortlessly due to its contextual awareness.

What are the key problems you solve for today’s businesses?

John: SloopEngine tries to solve three major real world problems.

  • To protect source code during software development life cycle. Traditionally software developers download source code on to their local machine to develop code, that can be leaked or misused intentionally or unintentionally. With SloopEngine, developer team members can develop code without downloading source code to local machine.
  • To manage servers and provide secure access to servers. With SloopEngine, single click server access can be given to developers team without sharing SSH keys with them.
  • To provide better logging and auditing of the entire infrastructure. With SloopEngine, Developers team can log and makes online/ offline audits on each and every SSH session established to servers by the team members. Also, every event on the infrastructure can be recorded and tracked.

Who are your customers? And why they do need your product?

John: Any organization/team that does software development and manage servers are potential customers of SloopEngine. IT/ Development Teams need to securely manage source code repositories, servers, teams, environments, etc. effectively. For this, they pay for a variety of services, apps, and tools every month.

With SloopEngine, our customers can reduce IT operational cost drastically and save time by avoiding duplicate work.

With whom does your product compete in the market? How is it different or unique from others?

John: For now, SloopEngine as the complete product has no specific competitors, but some of SloopEngine key features compete with like CyberArk, Userify, BeyondTrust, AWS Cloud 9, Codeanywhere, etc.

SloopEngine is a plug & play service, agentless, and simple to use. SloopEngine has multi-pod architecture, requires no third party integrations (for security), and is context-aware. Also, we have flexible pricing.

Who are your product users? What are the different use cases of the product?J

John: SloopEngine is much a tech SaaS product specifically built for technical people. It’s for any one of these roles – Software Developers, QA/Test Managers/Engineers, DevOps Managers/Engineers, SysOps Managers/Engineers, Infrastructure Operations Managers/ Engineers, IT Admins, Project Managers, etc

Mostly our users manage production server access without sharing SSH keys with the developer team. They enable SSH keystroke logging feature to record/log all SSH sessions for auditing purpose. They also stream and watch SSH sessions of their team to assist them during production outages. Software developers use SloopEngine IDE to write code without downloading it to the local machine. These are most common usecases we have observed so far.

Any winning case studies you would like to highlight?

John: For now, we can’t disclose customers and their use cases directly, but only after we do GA release.

How does your product work?

John: Check out this video to see it in action.

What have been your top product or growth challenges lately? And how are you managing that?

John: Pushing SloopEngine to the market is important challenge we face today, because SloopEngine does not fall under categories such as customer support desk, CRM, project management, collaboration, etc., hence marketing the same is difficult. SloopEngine is a unique by nature, hence cannot be categorized and so we thought content marketing is the only way to generate leads and got some success with it too.

SloopEngine is a complete tech product for tech people. SloopEngine is a technically challenging product. Yes, we have faced lots of issues, but able to solve it by our expertise in technology.

What’s ahead on your Product Roadmap?

John: We are planning to build an AI-based proactive monitoring & theft detection feature that helps development teams automatically detect malicious activities on their infrastructure and alerts them. Our new feature project tracker is in progress.

Also we will enhance some of the existing features with respect to UI/UX.

The Man behind the product

John: Credit goes to SloopStash team that brought us so far. Yet, I’m John Sundarraj, I did research and built SloopEngine from scratch. I follow and preach Jesus Christ. By his grace, it only took 5 minutes to decide and resign my DevOps job from a top class product-based startup company. Now employee #1 at @sloopstash operating @sloopengine. Cloud-based SaaS product builder, DevOps professional, Technology enthusiast, and Cyclist.

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