Netlify Raises $30M to Replace Web Servers With Global Application Delivery Network

We’re not trying to make managing infrastructure easy. We want to make it totally unnecessary”, said Mathias Biilmann, founder and CEO of Netlify.

 

netlifyNetlify, a provider of a global application delivery network that would completely eliminate the need to worry about infrastructure and hosting, has raised an additional $30 million led by Kleiner Perkins’ Mamoon Hamid with Andreessen Horowitz and the founders of Slack, Yelp, GitHub and Figma participating.

The company has engineered a new platform for the web where content and applications are created directly on a global network – bypassing the need to ever setup or manage servers.

“We’ve wanted to dump web servers for a while, but the tooling was missing. Netlify now gives us instant global delivery, with no infrastructure required,” said Vitaly Friedman, founder and owner of Smashing Magazine and Smashing Conference. “As content gets updated, it’s automatically built by Netlify’s bots before being deployed worldwide to every major cloud provider. For us, Netlify replaced the need for a CDN, a lot of servers, a lot of management headache, and a lot of duct tape.”

APIs and Microservices

Netlify needed to give developers a git-centric workflow, something that supports the move away from server applications towards APIs and microservices. Netlify’s Application Delivery Network would remove the last remaining dependency on origin infrastructure, allowing companies to host the entire application globally.

“Netlify is tackling an ambitious goal,” said Kleiner Perkins general partner Mamoon Hamid. “In a sense, they are completely rethinking how the modern web works. The response to what they are doing has been overwhelming. Most of the top projects in the developer space have already migrated their sites: React, Vue, Gatsby, Docker, and Kubernetes are all Netlify powered. The early traction really shows they hit a nerve with the developer community.”

Netlify believes all sites on the Internet will be powered by application delivery networks as the technology advances.

“The cloud made it faster, easier, and cheaper to provision servers, vms, and containers,” said Mathias Biilmann, founder and CEO of Netlify. “But more devices always bring more complications. Customers have come to us with AWS environments that have dozens or even hundreds of them for a single application. Our goal is to remove the requirement for those servers completely. We’re not trying to make managing infrastructure easy. We want to make it totally unnecessary.”