Company will use the capital to accelerate the delivery of its multi-cloud platform, also joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
May 2, 2018 — SEATTLE — Upbound, a cloud-native computing company enabling organizations to run, scale and optimize their services across multiple public and private cloud environments, today announced the close of a $9 million Series A financing round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Upbound will use this investment to expand its core engineering and product team, whose current members have experience working at HBO, Lyft, Microsoft, Nutanix, and Symform. In addition, the company also announced that it’s joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
As organizations move more of their services to public and private clouds, technical teams are finding themselves managing multiple disparate environments across or within clouds, on-premises, and across geographically dispersed regions to meet user demand. This sprawl creates complexities around management, consistency of network and security policy, observability, and compliance within these environments that ultimately results in increased complexity/costs and reduced capability/performance.
Upbound delivers a multi-cloud platform based on Kubernetes that enables organizations to treat multiple disparate environments as one. This allows organizations to build highly scalable, readily available, multi-cloud services and reduce the cost and complexity of managing, securing, and scaling these services. Upbound enables a new level of automation, cost optimization, capacity overflow, failover, policy enforcement and portability across cloud environments.
“With the widespread adoption of Kubernetes and cloud-native technologies we are embarking on a new era of cloud-computing. Enterprises are asking for a more open cloud with more choices and less vendor lock-in,” said Bassam Tabbara, Founder and CEO of Upbound. “Upbound will help enterprises run, scale and optimize their workloads across clusters, regions, and clouds in a Kubernetes-centric way.”
Founded in late 2017 by Tabbara, Upbound is comprised of the team that is behind the Rook project, an open source storage framework for Kubernetes that addresses the complexities associated with running stateful workloads. In January, the project became the first storage project hosted by Cloud Native Computing Foundation and continues to see rapid growth and adoption. Rook extends Kubernetes with new portable abstractions for stateful workloads enabling a new level of portability across clouds.
“Upbound presents a credible approach to multi-cloud computing built on the success of Kubernetes, and as a response to the growing enterprise demand for hybrid and multi-cloud environments,” said Dave Munichiello, General Partner at GV. “We were initially drawn to Upbound’s vision of true enterprise workload portability, and believe in the technical strength of this founding team to generate a significant impact on the market for multi-cloud computing.”
As part of today’s announcement, Upbound is also announcing it’s joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “The momentum around cloud-native computing is building and we are seeing broad adoption of our projects within the enterprise. Multi-cloud is a critical part of this future,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). “I am excited to have member companies like Upbound help drive this vision forward.”
Upbound’s multi-cloud platform will also cater to independent software vendors offering solutions that scale across cloud environments. It provides ISVs with a multi-cloud control plane to deploy, manage, and optimize their services across multiple clusters. “Upbound provides a crucial missing piece in the infrastructure puzzle around orchestration of distributed and often disparate workloads, something that will be a huge value for the CockroachDB community,” said Spencer Kimball, CEO and Founder of Cockroach Labs.
Upbound is cloud-native computing company that enables organizations to run, scale and optimize their services across multiple public and private cloud environments. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA and is backed by GV (formerly Google Ventures). To learn more about Upbound, find out about job opportunities, and keep up with the latest news, visit https://upbound.io and follow us on twitter @upbound_io.