SaaS startup Platform9 announced both $4.5 million in Series A funding and details of its private cloud service model. Platform9 will enable enterprises to manage and deploy private clouds as a service.
Platform9 is a service delivery platform to enable private cloud, powered by OpenStack and delivered from both AWS and its own data center.
Co-founder Sirish Raghuram, formerly of VMware, points out that VMware provides server management tools, but they are not easily applied to every situation.
“The most obvious thing that people struggle with in the private cloud is operational complexity,” Raghuram told eWEEK. “We thought that the obvious solution to the problem is to run the management layer as a service and offload the complexity.”
“Our service takes existing workloads and converts them seamlessly to private cloud deployments,” he added. “We’re based on OpenStack, and we are virtualizion-hypervisor-neutral.”
The service is in beta with the Kernal-Based Virtual-Machine Hypervisor, and will eventually support VMware’s vSphere and Docker container virtualization. The flexibility to match virtualization or container to the application is one of the benefits Platform9 sees from its platform.
Other benefits the company plans to provide include ease of importing existing servers and workloads non-disruptively, rich visibility, automation and policy control.
The funding was provided by Redpoint Ventures. General availability is slated for late in 2014.