Venture capital continues to make its way to the multi-cloud orchestration world, with Seattle-based Upbound raising a $9m series A.
Kubernetes is great at orchestrating a single cluster. Upbound wants to extend this orchestration to multiple Kubernetes clusters across multiple clouds and geographies. It wants to help users run, scale and optimize all of it as a single entity, according to their CEO and founder Bassam Tabbara.
The Series A was led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Google birthed Kubernetes, an open source orchestration tool for large clusters. This is where GV’s investment and interest in Upbound comes in: the startup’s value prop of enabling orchestration of multiple clusters across multiple clouds is enticing.
Shrinking teams are responsible for increasingly massive infrastructures. How many companies have bragged about how few employees it needs to manage massive infrastructure? A few years ago, LinkedIn disclosed that a few employees were responsible for massive server farms, as one example. Better Orchestration tools are needed to lessen the burden.
Couple small teams with an edge computing push, and it means clusters are not only multiplying, they’re increasingly spread out over geographies. Different clouds are right for different geographies and needs, necessitating multiple cloud vendors (not every cloud has a region in every location. Needs differ. Multi-clouds are leveraged to optimize pricing in addition to performance). The headache intensifies.
Upbound has identified a need and now has the funds to build out their offering. However, building it out will be the true test. Upbound is still working on its offering. It will take a year if not more to build it out.
In terms of credentials, Upbound’s founder was part of the team that built open source Rook, an orchestrator for distributed storage systems in cloud native environments. Consider it a precursor to Upbound, with Upbound attempting to do the same for a wider scope than just storage.
Upbound is a small team of 8 employees currently looking for new engineers. We at DCT wish them the best and will continue to track their progress.