AppOrbit Emerges From Stealth With Application Modernization Platform

AppOrbit, a startup founded by VMware and IBM veterans, came out of stealth Monday with an application modernization platform geared for enterprises looking to avoid costly redevelopment projects.

The San Jose, Calif.-based startup offers a runtime environment that can repurpose just about any application to run in a modern environment and test and deploy them through DevOps processes.

Rahul Ravulur, the company's co-founder and CEO who worked for years at VMware, said the vision is to simplify holistic application transformation across design, testing, and ongoing management processes. While appOrbit isn't yet ready to announce channel plans, the company sees partners ultimately leveraging the solution to serve their customers, its CEO said.

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The company was founded a few years ago in San Jose, and got Series A funding from investors that include Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.

AppOrbit's platform works across application types, from 3-tier to micro-services; cloud-native to legacy. The platform can strip down those applications and reconfigure them with attributes that satisfy the needs of modern enterprises: on-demand, self-healing, portable, scalable, and secure.

That provides not only cost benefits, but accelerates time to market while maintaining security and quality, Ravulur told CRN. "The key aspect is to ensure organizations don't need to make a trade-off between time-to-market and quality and security."

AppOrbit is especially adept at working with containerized applications, he said, including the Kubernetes container orchestration platform. It also has close integrations with Google Cloud Platform.

The "blueprinting process" employed by appOrbit can strip any x86 application and catalog multiple layers like data, application, web servers, security and network configurations.

Then, an administrator, developer, or tester can assemble an application environment, "like a mosaic built of these layers, pick versions of binaries on all those layers they need, then hit 'play' and it synthesizes that mosaic in a few minutes," according to Ravulur.

They can quickly swap networking and security configurations of those apps, such as what database an application server communicates with, he added.

Hosting applications on the appOrbit platform not only makes them portable, but allows them to be further tested and developed through continuous DevOps-style processes, he said.