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A new startup incubator and accelerator aims to provide a line of products and projects for the Kubernetes ecosystem by “fostering and funding” open source software development.
Founded in Boston in March, Kubeshop It is majority owned by venture capital firm Insight Partners, along with Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev, who sold its data recovery and backup platform (to Insight Partners) for $ 5 billion last year.
As one of the world’s the most popular and powerful open source projects, Kubernetes needs little introduction. Sourced from Google in 2014 and later hosted by Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Kubernetes is an open source orchestration platform that automates many of the resource-intensive manual processes involved in managing containerized applications; Ultimately, it helps accelerate the speed and agility of development.
Containers, for the uninitiated, are software packages that consist of all the necessary components to help companies operate in public clouds or private data centers and solve the problem of making software play ball when it moves. between environments. A. recent Forrester report commissioned by Capital One noted that enterprise container adoption was growing as part of a broader transition to cloud and microservices.
Kubernetes has been adopted by countless companies beyond Google, from Bose, Box, and BlackRock to IBM, Huawei, and Spotify. As with other successful open source projects, numerous companies have created commercial services on top of Kubernetes, and investors are taking note.
In the last 18 months alone, the Kubernetes operations management platform Rafay raised $ 25 million; Carbon relay (now StormForge) raised $ 63 million to automate Kubernetes application deployment; Kubernetes Pixie Labs Observability Platform raised $ 9.15 million before acquired by New Relic; and the Kubernetes StackRox security platform high $ 26.5 million before Red Hat swooped in and bought the company in January. Elsewhere, Cisco bought at least two Kubernetes startups last year, while Rapid7 also participated in the Kubernetes acquisition action.
Simply put, Kubernetes is hot and getting hotter, which is where Kubeshop comes into play.
Co-founder and CEO of Kubeshop Dmitry Fonarev He said that Kubernetes is no longer just a niche technology used by advanced engineering teams and now enjoys wider use. He also touched on the factors behind this change.
“More developers and DevOps teams are realizing their [Kubernetes] power and scale, ”Fonarev told VentureBeat. “Because Kubernetes is complex, expanding the tools in the space makes it easier to onboard newcomers and operate and integrate with existing CI / CD workflows and the rest of the DevOps and developer ecosystem.” .
This creates a kind of “flying effect“- which investors love.
“On a strategic level, some wise people believe that what operating systems did to the computing industry a few decades ago, Kubernetes is doing now with SaaS and cloud infrastructure software,” added Fonarev.
Power of 3
Just six months after its formal founding, Kubeshop has three open source projects focused on developers in production. Kusk, which is aimed at API developers; Kubtest, which integrates testing frameworks into Kubernetes application development; other Monocle, which is essentially a manifest IDE for Kubernetes.
As for how Kubeshop projects take off in the first place, Fonarev said that he and the CTO co-founder Ole lensmar they have “many years of experience” in the developer, test and DevOps space and therefore have good ideas for themselves, although they also look externally. Also, while some of your projects may ultimately fail, Kubeshop isn’t putting all of your eggs in one Kubernetes basket.
“We generate ideas internally, some ourselves and others by hiring creative and innovative SMEs, then we build autonomous teams around each one of them,” explained Fonarev. “When – or if – these projects prove to be successful? [and] If we have enough community and traction, we can turn them into independent business ventures. “
Each Kubeshop project has its own individual team and leader, although Kubeshop shares some resources between projects, such as developer relationships, infrastructure, and overall experience. Looking ahead, Fonarev said the team aims to have as many as 10 projects underway by the end of 2022, and perhaps double the following year. And while there might be scope for expanding coverage in the future, the current focus is firmly on Kubernetes.
“We believe that Kubernetes represents a strategic evolution in the software industry,” said Fonarev. “At the same time, it is complex and, in general, many developers do not use it. Most of the tools in the space have been built for DevOPS and for the ‘experts’. We focus on developers and testers and, more importantly, on making it easy for people to get started. “
It’s still too early for Kubeshop and its triumvirate of open source projects, but Fonarev said they are in talks with several companies, including a bank. However, he is convinced that Kubeshop is not really focused on “selling” at the moment. that will come later. “Our approach is to get people to adapt, use, validate and provide feedback to inform the evolution of projects,” he said.
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