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Microservices Development Platform Wercker Closes $4.5 M Funding Round

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Wercker, a platform that automates development of microservices and applications, closed a $4.5 million funding round which it plans to use to continue to drive developer adoption, expand into the enterprise market, and deepen its automation capabilities with more flexible, complex development pipelines.

Wercker automates the workflow required to build applications using small-footprint microservice-based architectures which use application container technology like Docker. The company’s CTO and co-founder, Andy Smith, was also a former co-founder of OpenStack.

The funding round, announced Thursday, was led by Amsterdam-based INKEF Capital with backing from existing investor Notion Capital, and brings the company’s total funding to $7.5 million. The round also represents INKEF Capital’s first investment in the developer tools market.

Since being founded in 2013, the company has raised more than $7.5 million in venture funding from Inkef Capital, Notion Capital and Tola Capital, among others.

“We started Wercker in 2013 with the goal of increasing developer velocity and helping developers focus on building their products,” Wercker founder and CEO Micha Hernández van Leuffen wrote in a blog post. “This last year we’ve seen the container landscape evolve. Docker is reaching version 1.10; schedulers such as Kubernetes and Mesosphere are taking shape; and we launched our local development model, enabling developers to build and deploy containerized applications. This coming year we’ll be expanding our Docker-based platform and enhancing Wercker’s automation capabilities.”

He continued, “This investment will allow us to accelerate our enterprise offering, expand our commercial team, and of course build the best developer experience out there for creating and deploying containerized applications in an automated way.”

The company also announced Thursday it open-sourced the Wercker Command Line Interface which powers all the build and deploy jobs on the Wercker cloud as well as locally on a laptop. This measure was aimed at allowing the developer community to rapidly develop, build and deploy containerized applications and microservices on desktop environments.

Many companies making it easier to work with microservices have been recently courted by investors, and the subject of acquisitions. For instance, earlier this month, Docker bought Unikernel Systems, whose software creating stripped-down kernel images for microservice-based architectures.

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David Hamilton is a technology journalist and Contributing Editor of the WHIR. Based in Toronto, David has covered the hosting industry internationally for the WHIR with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. He has written for the National Post and other news outlets, and is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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