Emerging Application Development And DevOps Vendors To Know In 2022

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2022, here are 15 application development and DevOps technology startups, founded in 2016 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

A Developing Situation

Application development technologies and processes are critical for the digital transformation, business process automation and cloud migration initiatives that businesses and organizations are undertaking today. But developing new software systems and putting them into production remains highly complex with high failure rates.

The need to bring order and efficiency to application development and deployment processes is fueling demand for new tools and systems for building, integrating, testing and deploying software applications.

The global application development software market is forecast to expand at a 24.3 percent compound annual growth rate to reach $733.5 billion in 2028, according to Grand View Research.

A new generation of startups is setting the pace in providing leading-edge technologies in application development, application testing and DevOps.

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2022, here are 15 application development and DevOps startups, founded in 2016 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

















Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Jim Douglas, CEO

Deploying new and updated software can be time-consuming for developers and create system downtime for businesses and organizations.

Armory provides “continuous deployment” tools that simplify software delivery life cycles by deploying new versions of applications alongside live versions, incrementally scaling up new versions, enabling mutual reviews prior to scaling up, rolling back old versions, and managing software deployment across multiple targets and environments.

In June Armory, based in San Mateo, Calif., announced the general availability of Armory Continuous Deployment-as-a-Service.

Website: https://www.armory.io/


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Kyle Campbell, Founder, CEO

CTO.ai offers a comprehensive, intelligent automation CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) platform to boost developer team productivity and improve development workflows.

The platform provides automation across the entire developer life cycle, allowing developer teams to build, run and share workflow automation, develop workflows in the language of their choice, and publish workflows in a community registry or privately to a team.

CTO.ai is based in Vancouver, B.C.

Website: https://cto.ai/


Founded: 2021

Top Executive: Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder, CEO

DevRev is developing an API-first, development-centric CRM system that allows developers to leverage data, design and machine intelligence to create products for users and customers.

The technology, now in beta, will eliminate system silos and enable developers and customers to communicate socially and in real time. Developers can better connect their code to production issues and customer interactions in a unified experience.

DevRev, based in Palo Alto, Calif., has attracted a lot of attention because it was co-founded by Dheeraj Pandey, the founder and former CEO of hyperconverged system and cloud software vendor Nutanix, and former Nutanix executive Manoj Agarwal. The company exited stealth in July 2021 with $50 million in seed funding.

Website: https://devrev.ai/


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Yadhu Gopalan, Co-Founder, CEO

Esper provides a “DevOps for dedicated devices” system, including an SDK and APIs, for building Android-based mobile applications for enterprises. The company’s device infrastructure enables developers, midmarket organizations and organizations with fleets of 100,000-plus devices to deliver applications as a service.

In April the Bellevue, Wash.-based company launched Esper Architect, a cloud platform for scaling mission-critical device fleets.

Since launching in 2017 Esper has raised more than $100 million in funding.

Website: https://www.esper.io/


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Jyoti Bansal, Co-Founder, CEO

The Harness software delivery platform uses AI technology to provide a range of DevOps processes, including CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery), feature flags and cloud costs, allowing engineers and DevOps professionals to automate the deployment, testing, verification and rollback of software code.

In March Harness, based in San Francisco, acquired ChaosNative, creator of the popular LitmusChaos testing technology for identifying weaknesses and potential failures in software systems.

In April the startup raised $230 million in Series D funding, boosting its valuation to $3.7 billion.

Website: https://harness.io/


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Vu Lam, Founder, CEO

Katalon Studio is a test automation system for web, mobile, desktop and API software. Katalon‘s tools make it easier to create automated tests, run them, evaluate the results, and coordinate test automation as a critical, continuous loop in the software development life cycle. It is flexible and can integrate with the rest of a development team’s architecture for both early stage automation programs and enterprise-scaling projects.

Katalon, based in Atlanta, is a spinoff of KMS Technology and raised $27 in Series A funding in July 2021.

Website: https://katalon.com/


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Webb Brown, CEO

Kubecost provides an open-source offering for monitoring, managing and optimizing Kubernetes spending at scale and in real time, helping businesses and organizations reduce their cloud computing costs.

In February Kubecost raised $25 million in Series A funding, money the San Francisco-based company is using to build a developer-centric community around its software.

Website: https://www.kubecost.com/


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Chetan Venkatesh, Co-Founder, President, CEO

Macrometa provides a NoSQL database, event processing, publish/subscribe messaging and serverless computing platform for developing real-time edge applications and APIs.

Macrometa, based in San Mateo, Calif., raised $20 million in a Series A round of funding in 2021.

Website: https://www.macrometa.com/


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Marcin Kurc, Co-Founder, CEO

Nobl9 provides a service level observability platform that provides business with context for software delivery. Businesses in financial services, e-commerce and Software-as-a-Service industries use Nobl9 to accelerate software engineering, set software reliability goals and ensure that user requirements and service-level objectives are met.

In May Boston-based Nobl9 introduced the Service Level Objective Development Lifecycle, a repeatable methodology for creating service-level metrics.

Website: https://www.nobl9.com/


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Scott Fulton, Founder, CEO

OpsCruise offers an observability platform that predicts performance degradations and automates causal analysis for modern Kubernetes applications running in cloud infrastructure. The platform works by unifying open telemetry and tools and applying streaming analytics and automation.

OpsCruise, based in Santa Clara, Calif., emerged from stealth in February 2021 and serves large enterprises across several industry verticals.

Website: https://www.opscruise.com/


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Chandra Ranganathan, Co-Founder, CEO

Opsera markets a self-service, no-code, continuous orchestration and DevOps intelligence platform.

The Opsera technology works with CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) toolchains and provides development and operations teams with unified analytics and logs across the entire software delivery process.

Opsera, based in San Francisco, raised $15 million in Series A funding in April 2021.

Website: https://www.opsera.io/


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: John Laban, CEO

OpsLevel‘s mission is to make it simpler and faster for companies to ship and operate high-quality software. The company’s developer portal makes it easier for engineering teams to tackle service ownership and maturity, which enables faster, more secure and more reliable software.

With the OpsLevel portal, businesses and organizations can better scale, organize and manage microservices.

OpsLevel is based in Toronto.

Website: https://www.opslevel.com/


Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Dean Agron, Co-Founder, CEO

Oxeye helps organizations build secure cloud-native applications with its application security testing offering that’s designed for modern architectures across microservices, containers, clusters and clouds.

Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Oxeye emerged from stealth in November 2021 with $5.3 million in seed funding. The company announced the general availability of its security testing platform at KubeCon 2022 in May.

Website: https://www.oxeye.io/


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Andres Lastra, CEO

Pluriza is a software development consulting and solutions firm founded in Barranquilla, Columbia. Since its founding the company has worked with startups, midsize companies and enterprises across three different continents, helping them build their software products and scale up their development teams.

Website: https://pluriza.com/


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Moti Rafalin, Co-Founder, CEO

vFunction provides an AI-driven cloud application modernization platform for software developers and architects that intelligently transforms complex monolithic applications into microservices.

The platform helps organizations restore engineering velocity and optimize the benefits of the cloud, eliminating the time, risk and cost constraints of manually modernizing with a factory model purpose-built for application modernization.

In March vFunction, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said it had raised $27.6 million in Series A funding. The company also said it had “significantly expanded its channel and strategic partner program,” working with systems integrators Accenture, HCL and Wipro, and all three major cloud platform providers.

Website: https://vfunction.com/