Heptio Raises $25M to Drive Enterprise Kubernetes Growth

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Enterprise Kubernetes company Heptio announced Wednesday it has raised $25 million in Series B funding to accelerate its growth and extend its services for hybrid cloud transformation beyond the Kubernetes project.

Heptio founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie created Kubernetes along with Brendan Burns while they were with Google. The company provides training, professional services, and products to integrate Kubernetes and related technologies with enterprise IT and reduce the cost and complexity of running them in production environments.

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Kubernetes, the open source container automation platform developed by Google, has become the industry’s de facto standard for orchestrating and managing containers, according to the announcement.

“Kubernetes really speaks to systems engineers, but there is a huge body of work to do to make it truly accessible to engineers who don’t necessarily have the time to ‘dig into’ the details of the project,” wrote McLuckie, Heptio CEO, in a blog post. “Upstream versions of Kubernetes remain inaccessible to many from an operations and accessibility perspective. It is still too hard to deploy a Kubernetes cluster, qualify whether it is conformant, and stitch it into the fabric of enterprise IT systems.”

Heptio will use the capital to “dramatically scale” its team and launch new products to make Kubernetes more accessible to developers and operators.

“Organizations of all sizes see open source cloud native technologies a path to not only avoid vendor lock-in, but get more out of the tech that powers their business,” McLuckie wrote. “We aspire not only to connect them with the Kubernetes community, but also to partner with them to deliver and integrate full enterprise-grade solutions for the workloads that power their businesses.”

Funding was led by Madrona Venture Group, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel Partners. Accel led Heptio’s $8.5 million first funding round, with Madrona participating, just 10 months ago. The new funding brings the company’s total to $33.5 million. Tim Porter of Madrona will join Heptio’s board of directors as part of the funding agreement.

Previously open source-phobic Microsoft threw its support behind Kubernetes by joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a platinum member in July, and was followed weeks later by AWS, the last hold-out among hyperscale public cloud providers.

Heptio’s competitors in the open source cloud infrastructure orchestration space include Platform9, which announced it has raised $22 million in Series C funding in June, Interoute, which launched a managed container platform in March, and Cloudify, which GigaSpaces spun off into a new company in July.

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