The 10 Hottest DevOps Startups Of 2021 (So Far)

Here are 10 hot DevOps startups on the market today that are aiding the collaboration between developers and operators.

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DevOps, the combination of software development and IT operations, couldn’t be a hotter space right now as organizations are adopting modern software delivery methods at an increasingly faster rate and applications are top of mind. That means, the time is right for startups to burst onto the scene.

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. The DevOps platforms of today are increasingly focused on simplifying processes for specific use cases like mobility, machine learning, serverless, and advanced security.

Here are 10 DevOps startups on the market with their own flavors of technology to enable the collaboration between developers and operators that solution providers should know about.

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CEO: Daniel R. Odio

San Mateo, California-based Armory comes to the market with its enterprise version of Spinnaker, the continuous delivery platform developed and open-sourced by Netflix and Google to help companies quickly and safely deploy software into multiple clouds.

Armory’s platform automates software delivery, which lets software teams deploy code safely and with resilience to any cloud or on-premise 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 five-year-old company is funded by Insight Partners, Crosslink Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Mango Capital, Y Combinator and Javelin Venture Partners.


CEO: Yadhu Gopalan

Four-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 lifecycle, including development, testing, deployment, and management.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Esper in May raised a $30 million Series B round, led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from Madrona Venture Group, Root Ventures, Ubiquity Ventures and Haystack.


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, 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. 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.


CEO: Edith Harbaugh

Privately held startup LaunchDarkly offers a feature management platform that serves over 100 billion feature flags daily 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. Today, the LaunchDarkly

feature management platform is used by more than 1,500 customers globally, including over 20 percent of the Fortune 100 list, according to the company.


CEO: Ben Sigelman

Lightstep, a developer of system observability technology, offers performance monitoring solutions for modern applications built with microservices or serverless architectures. The San Francisco-based startup lets DevOps teams to take advantage of distributed tracing to get deep visibility into cloud-native environments so they can improve their performance and reliability. The platform can detect changes impacting the health of services spanning multi-cloud environments, and a correlation engine performs rapid root cause analysis.

Digital workflow software vendor ServiceNow in May announced its intent to acquire six-year-old Lightstep in what ServiceNow says is one of its biggest acquisitions. The two companies did not reveal financial terms of the deal.


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, California, 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.


CEO: Chandra Ranganathan

Market newcomer Opsera offers continuous orchestration for modern DevOps teams.

Using the Opsera 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, the company said.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Opsera, which got its start last year, announced in April that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Felicis Ventures.


CEO: Rami Tamir

Startup Salto emerged from stealth in 2020 brings DevOps methodologies and tools to the realm of business operations.

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, according to the company.

The company in 2020 announced $27 million in Series A funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.


CEO: David Found

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 in 2020 aiming to ease application delivery and help customers adopt cloud with more fluidity and ease. At the same time, ShuttleOps released a visual platform for deploying containerized Kubernetes clusters running on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.


CEO: Jyoti Bansal

Traceable, a startup from the founders of AppDynamics and Harness, emerged from stealth in 2020 with technology that looks to enable DevSecOps processes by getting developers and security professionals speaking the same language. Traceable integrates security into the DevOps pipeline by providing end-to-end visibility into data flowing through any API. The distributed tracing system enforces security policy at those critical soft points in cloud-native workloads.

The company in February unveiled a new round of funding, worth about $250,000, that came from about 30 chief information security officers, or CISOs, that are part of a consortium of over 55 CISOs who through their organization Silicon Valley CISO Investments are looking for ways to back cybersecurity startups.