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VMware veterans announce Platform9 SaaS platform

Early VMware engineers launch platform that offers 'AWS-like' private cloud management

VMware veterans announce Platform9 SaaS platform
Platform9 said it could offer cloud-based management of Docker, KVM and VMware Vsphere

Platform9, a company founded in 2013 by a team of early VMware engineers, has announced a SaaS platform that it says can turn an organisation's existing servers into an AWS-like, self-service private cloud "within minutes".

The announcement comes at the same time as the company unveiled that it had received $4.5m in Series A funding from Redpoint Ventures. Platform9 aims to use this money to continue developing its new SaaS platform and work on its product roadmap, the company said.

The new platform, Platform9 said, will reduce the operational complexity for IT, offering cloud-based management of Docker, KVM and VMware Vsphere. The company said that it was in beta with a dozen mid- to large-sized organisations.

"Platform9's big innovation is that it brings the best of the public cloud to our existing infrastructure," said Gopal Koratana, CTO of Vendormate, who serves 2,000 healthcare providers and 68,000 vendor companies.

Platform9 said that IT leaders of today are being asked to deliver public cloud-like agility with in-house infrastructure. Many organisations start by using the public cloud before scaling to a point where deploying their own infrastructure makes sense for cost and performance reasons, the vendor said, adding that IT has to deal with the emerging diversity in virtualisation and container technologies.

The vendor said that its SaaS platform would help to address some of these issues.

"We founded Platform9 because as early engineers at VMware, we observed how customers were struggling to achieve AWS-like efficiency with increasingly archaic management software," said Sirish Raghuram, co-founder and CEO of Platform9.  

"We believe that just like SaaS revolutionized the world of enterprise applications, it can do the same for enterprise datacenters. You can think of us as the Salesforce.com of private cloud management. Our customers come to our web site, sign up and transform their existing infrastructure into a private cloud within minutes. From there on, they can focus on using their infrastructure rather than babysitting the management software."

Platform9 said it will showcase its product at VMware's VMworld Conference, taking place late August in San Francisco, United States. The product is currently in beta with general availability planned for later this year.

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