The launch of JumpCloud, a new cloud server management company for DevOps and IT, was announced Monday in San Francisco.
Co-founders Rajat Bhargava and David Campbell made the announcement to a crowd at the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield competition.
JumpCloud is a SaaS-based solution for DevOps and IT professionals to secure and manage cloud servers. The software automates “user management, admin activity monitoring, and configuration assessment” and other tasks related to management, monitoring, and security.
“It can take IT admins up to thirty minutes alone to get one user up and running on five servers – and that’s only if everything goes right. Using JumpCloud, that exact same process can be completed in as little as two minutes. That’s just one example of many. With hundreds or thousands of servers or users, DevOps pros are spending tremendous time on tedious, mundane tasks,” David Campbell, CEO of JumpCloud said in a statement. “As DevOps people ourselves, we value solutions that automate typically complex and time consuming processes so that we can stay on top of what matters most. JumpCloud fits that to a T.”
JumpCloud is offered as a sign-up freemium service, with various packages targeted at SMBs. It will also be sold through partnerships with cloud and hosting providers. It is available for Amazon Linux, CentOS, and Ubuntu, and the company says it “is 30-50MB and takes almost no CPU.”
JumpCloud claims to pick “up where Chef and Puppet leave off after servers are provisioned and configured,” and the software can be integrated with either one. The company says it will do complex operations and security processes and “play nicely” with hosting and infrastructure providers. It monitors performance for indications of security problems and wraps it all up in a concise nightly email.
The company is seen as a remedy to the vulnerability of AWS servers, and Campbell referred to JumpCloud’s compatibility with DevOps “anti-security” culture. Bringing security to cloud server DevOps gives JumpCloud a specific yet large target market. Time will tell if that market is ready to deal with server vulnerability.