The 10 Hottest DevOps Company Startups Of 2021

Here are 10 DevOps upstarts that were on the market this year, busy aiding the collaboration between developers and operators.

Demand For DevOps

DevOps, the combination of software development and IT operations, is a space that has become increasingly popular and in-demand. Software and applications are top-of-mind for businesses transforming their IT architectures to support a faster development lifecycle – a critical element today for performing efficiently and competing more effectively.

DevOps-focused companies are popping up in the market with innovative, streamlined 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. The DevOps platforms of today are increasingly focused on breaking down silos between the development and operations teams.

Here are 10 DevOps technology startups in the market today that are coming in hot with their own methodologies on application software development that solution providers should know about.

CEO: Kyle Campbell, a startup founded in 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, offers a serverless infrastructure designed for the needs of development teams who want to measure the scalability of software delivery. The company‘s commands, pipelines, services and insights give developers the tools they need to easily integrate your GitOps and ChatOps workflows to create smarter workflows. Existing DevOps tools can plug directly into the platform, enabling automation across the DevOps cycle, according to the company. has raised a total of $7.5M in funding over two financing rounds. Their latest funding was raised in 2019 from a Seed round.


CEO: Yadhu Gopalan

Four-year-old Esper is offering what it describes as the first platform built for Android enterprise device management and DevOps, so developers can deploy devices, manage apps, and secure their fleet, 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 lifecycle, including development, testing, deployment and management.

Since it was founded in 2017, Bellevue, Wash.-based Esper has raised nearly $100 million in funding, including a $60 million Series C round in October led by Insight Partners.

CEO: Jyoti Bansal

Founded in 2016, Harness 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 capabilities, according to the company. 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 San Francisco-based upstart in January pulled in $85 million in Series C funding. 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.


Co-Founder and CEO: Edith Harbaugh

Privately held startup LaunchDarkly offers a feature management platform that deploys peaks of 20 trillion feature flags each day -- and that number continues to grow -- to help software teams build software faster. The feature flagging, according to Harness, is an industry best practice of wrapping a new or risky section of code or infrastructure change with a flag. Oakland, Calif.-based LaunchDarkly offers SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms. The company said that year over year, its platform has seen a significant increase in usage.

LaunchDarkly in August raised $200 million in a Series D funding round.


CEO: Tucker Callaway

LogDNA, founded in 2015, provides a log management offering that can rapidly parse and search petabytes of data across disparate cloud environments. Based in Mountain View, Calif., the startup lets DevOps teams centralize their logs and glean from them actionable insight on the status of development and production environments across the stack. The offering is built on Kubernetes and easily spans public cloud and on-premises infrastructure.

LogDNA kicked up its channel strategy in 2020 and forged a close partnership with IBM Cloud. The company‘s most recent Series C funding round in 2020 pulled in $25 million.

Nobl9 Inc.

CEO: Marcin Kurc

Two-year-old startup Nobl9 offers a software reliability platform that helps software developers, DevOps practitioners, and reliability engineers deliver reliable features faster through software-defined Service Level Objectives that link monitoring and other logging and tracing data to user happiness and business KPIs, according to the company.

Boston-based Nobl9 in February raised $21 million in Series B funding led by Battery Ventures, CRV, Bonfire and Resolute Ventures. The company was Founded by Marcin Kurc, along with Brian Singer, who both joined Google via acquisition of their former company Orbitera in 2016.

CEO: Chandra Ranganathan

Market newcomer Opsera, which got its start in 2020, offers continuous orchestration for modern DevOps teams. Using the no-code Opsera platform, DevOps teams 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, the company said.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Opsera announced in April that it had raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Felicis Ventures.

CEO: Rami Tamir

Startup Salto emerged from stealth in 2020, bringing DevOps methodologies and tools to the realm of business operations for BizOps teams, according to the company. Salto automates configuration of popular enterprise SaaS solutions like Salesforce, NetSuite and Marketo by extracting configuration data and translating it into a standardized text format. Implementing Salto’s structured language can save enterprises time in delivering those business applications to users while reducing human errors, bugs and breaks. A built-in Git client simplifies auditing, change documentation, debugging and reversions.

The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company in May secured $42 million in Series B funding. Salto‘s founders previously built virtualization software company Ravello Systems together, which was acquired by Oracle in 2016.

CEO: Damith Karunaratne

Two-year-old market newcomer ShuttleOps was born inside channel consultancy Indellien after the company realized that the one-off services they were deploying for customers were actually often repeatable. The startup came out of stealth last year aiming to ease application delivery and help customers adopt cloud with more fluidity and ease.

The Toronto-based company in 2020 released a visual platform for deploying containerized Kubernetes clusters running on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform that integrates technology from prominent DevOps tooling providers Chef, Docker and HashiCorp.


Co-Founder and CEO: Moti Rafalin

Founded in 2017, vFunction's platform for businesses can modernize applications and accelerate transformation of existing Java applications to cloud-native architecture for companies looking to transform their architecture, according to the company.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based upstart in October raised $26 million in Series A funding led by Zeev Ventures and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). vFunction said it saw a 20x spike in demand for app modernization in 2021 as enterprises double down on digital transformation investments.