The 10 Hottest DevOps Startup Companies Of 2022
This year’s list includes a few companies that have firmly put a stake in the ground in the DevOps arena, including Esper and Armory, as well as a bunch of freshly launched newcomers, including Insightly Analytics and Opsera.
DevOps is the combination of software development and IT operations, and now couldn’t be a better time for the space as enterprises adopt modern software delivery methods at an increasingly faster rate and applications and services are top of mind.
It’s a prime opportunity for startups to burst onto the scene.
And it’s not just developers working for large enterprises who are getting into DevOps. Solution providers and individuals who never would have never considered themselves developers just a couple of years ago are dabbling. That’s because any method of shortening the development life cycle continues to be of interest for businesses with remote workers. DevOps-focused upstarts are entering the market with innovative tools and platforms that can ease the work of deploying patches and updates, archiving and releasing code and provisioning scalable infrastructure, all while ensuring security is maintained throughout the process.
CRN rounded up 10 DevOps startup companies that are bringing their own flavors of technology to enable the collaboration between developers and operators. Here are the upstarts that made news this year and should be on solution providers’ radars.
* Insightly Analytics
CEO: David Thor
Boston-based Architect.io provides an architecture-as-code framework and cloud platform that promises to automate different DevOps tools and practices.
The Boston-based startup comes to market with a platform that offers capabilities around container delivery, external dependency resolution and injection, recursive provisioning and other actions, according to Architect.io. The platform can automatically generate strict network policies with each deployment for network security.
Architect.io in February closed a $5 million seed round. Next Coast Ventures led the round, which included Abstraction Capital, Spike Ventures and angel investors Jean Sini, JJ Fliegelman, Chris Nguyen and Marc Chenn. Previous investors NextGen Venture Partners and Comcast Ventures also participated.
Architect.io is using the money for developer relations, go-to-market functions and engineering efforts, according to the company.
CEO: Jim Douglas
San Mateo, Calif.-based Armory’s platform automates software delivery, which lets software teams deploy code safely and with resilience to any cloud or on-premises production target. Armory is also a sponsor and contributor to the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), the vendor-neutral home of the fastest-growing projects for continuous delivery.
The upstart in June launched Armory Continuous Deployment-as-a-Service, an offering that delivers declarative deployments across multiple environments that support advanced progressive strategies, allowing developers to focus on building great code rather than deploying it, enhancing their customers’ experience and avoiding outages, the company said.
Kicked off in 2016, the company is funded by Insight Partners, Crosslink Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Mango Capital, Y Combinator and Javelin Venture Partners.
CEO: Shanea Leven
CodeSee provides a platform that visualizes, detects and automates code for development teams to save time and money on on-boarding, code reviews, quality and compliance—a solution for “continuous code understanding,” according to the company.
San Francisco-based CodeSee in August launched CodeSee Enterprise, which allows developers to create a Google Maps-like experience for their code workflow. The maps are meant for companies with as few as 10 employees to companies with thousands of employees, said the company, which was launched in 2019.
CodeSee in January raised $7 million in an add-on seed round of funding. The round was led by Wellington Access Ventures, Plexo Capital and existing investors. Former Heroku CEO Adam Gross, former Square and Intel Chief Security Officer Window Snyder and other angel investors participated.
CEO: Venkat Thiruvengadam
DevOps-as-a-Service provider DuploCloud comes to the market with its no-code, low-code self-service cloud infrastructure automation platform for developers, which was built by the original engineers of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, according to the company.
The San Jose, Calif.-based startup got its start in 2018 and aims to save time and manpower with automated provisioning and orchestration across network, compute, storage, containers and cloud-native services, along with native integration into security operations (SecOps) workflows.
In February, DuploCloud closed a $15 million Series A round of funding. Mayfield led the round, with existing investor Monta Vista Capital participating. Since getting started four years ago, DuploCloud has experienced “unprecedented” demand for its offering, which led to a 270 percent year-over-year revenue jump, the company said earlier this year.
CEO: Yadhu Gopalan
Five-year-old Esper is bringing together popular mobile OS Android with best-in-class features of enterprise device fleet management available via API, according to the company. Esper’s cloud-based platform lets developers move their app and device management from a portal-based approach into code. The company offers scalable APIs with SDKs, tools, and a specially designed Console for the entire application life cycle, including development, testing, deployment,and management.
Customers can use Bellevue, Wash.-based Esper for self-service kiosks in restaurants, points-of-sale in stores, rugged hardware in manufacturing facilities and other use cases, according to the company.
The channel-friendly company also has a partner program for resellers, MSPs, ISVs and OEMs.
Bellevue, Wash.-based Esper’s latest funding round took place in 2021 when the company raised a $60 million Series C round. Insight Partners led the round, with participation from Scale Venture Partners, Madrona Ventures and Root Ventures.
CEO: Jyoti Bansal
Harness, founded in 2016, is building out its intelligent software delivery platform that lets engineers deliver software more quickly and with less effort. The Harness Software Delivery Platform includes continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous efficiency, continuous verification and continuous features, according to the company.
San Francisco-based Harness’ platform is designed to help companies accelerate their cloud initiatives as well as their adoption of containers and orchestration tools like Kubernetes and Amazon ECS. The startup in September launched the Harness Global Managed Service Provider partner program, which allows organizations working with MSPs to manage their cloud spend, consumption and resources using the Harness Cloud Cost Management module with the support, services and training of their MSP of choice, the company said.
Bansal, the company’s CEO, is also the current CEO of DevOps startup Traceable and former founder and CEO of AppDynamics, now owned by Cisco Systems.
CEO: Sudheer Bandaru
Market newcomer Insightly Analytics wants to automate the process of analyzing data from Git and Jira to determine the efficiency and performance of developer teams, while reducing engineering team burnout, according to the startup.
The San Francisco-based upstart that was founded in 2022 believes its insight can help executives understand a team’s velocity. Managers can use the tools to find bottlenecks quickly and engineers can use the tool for asynchronous collaboration through an integration with Slack.
The company’s CEO in July revealed a $1 million seed round the startup raised by the Together Fund, as well as participation from various angel investors that the company said it will use to expand its product, engineering and marketing teams.
CEO: Ori Keren
Four-year old LinearB brings to the market an engineering efficiency tool that correlates data across tools to identify bottlenecks and automate developer workflow optimization. It’s what the company calls a “developer-first” approach to automating engineering improvement that harnesses data as the foundation for creating autonomous, self-improving dev teams.
LinearB, which has offices in Los Angeles and Israel, has aggressively grown the number of development teams using its tools for engineering analytics and workflow optimization to more than 100,000 developers around the world. The startup in May secured $50 million in funding, led by the venture capital wing of Salesforce and existing investors Battery Ventures and 83North.
CEO: Soo Choi-Andrews
Mondoo offers a security and compliance platform aimed at development operations teams.
The platform is meant for finding and fixing infrastructure throughout the development life cycle, promising the ability to discover misconfigurations in real time, build security into every phase of software development and automate manual security processes to bring DevOps and security teams together, according to Mondoo.
Based in San Francisco and Berlin, Mondoo works with public clouds, private clouds, Kubernetes, containers, servers, endpoints, software supply chain and other business-critical infrastructure, according to the startup. It also works with Terraform, Packer, Docker and other tools.
The DevOps startup had it latest funding round in 2021 when it raised a total of $15 million in funding.
CEO: Chandra Ranganathan
The inspiration for Opsera came from its founders’ time at Symantec. The two-year-old company offers continuous orchestration for modern DevOps teams.
Using Opsera’s continuous orchestration platform, DevOps can customize and automate any CI/CD toolchain, build declarative pipelines, and view unified analytics and logs across their entire software delivery process. DevOps teams can choose their own DevOps stack with zero scripting involved, according to the company.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Opsera, which got its start in 2020, said in May that it has partnered with technology firm Mindtree. The combination brings together Opsera’s DevOps Orchestration and analytics technology with Mindtree’s domain knowledge and delivery capabilities to increase scale, speed-to-market and enterprise satisfaction as they advance along their transformation journey, the companies said.