Render, creator of a Zero DevOps Cloud Platform to help avoid overly complex cloud offerings and wasteful DevOps spending while speeding product development processes, has completed a $20 million Series A investment round headed by Addition, with current investors General Catalyst and the South Park Commons also participating. Render now has a total financing of $26.75 million.
Render’s Zero DevOps Cloud Platform would provide fast setup and usability, as well as the customization and flexibility of containerization technology, allowing teams to focus on product development rather than server maintenance. Render would deliver simplicity and convenience at a fraction of the cost of the Big 3 cloud options, which according to Render need expensive and precious DevOps staff to administer.
The company’s technology may especially be helpful for startups seeking to avoid the escalating expenses of DevOps talent – which according to Render frequently costs more than the cloud services they administer – with tens of thousands of engineers and organizations using the platform and handling four billion requests each month.
Render will use the Series A capital to triple its personnel count by the end of next year, with a focus on product and business development. Render will utilize the investment to increase data center presence in both the U.S. and EMEA, as well as create hosting areas in APAC, in response to users’ top desire to improve end-user latency in additional geographic locations.
“We’ve built a cloud platform from the ground up and are already pulling ahead of providers that have been around for 15 years, due to our focus on modern app development, our ability to quickly adapt to market trends, and our inherent understanding of developers wants and needs,” said Anurag Goel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Render. “From helping startups kick-start their DevOps journey to empowering large teams to automate Day 2 operations and gain insight into their infrastructure, Render is focused on delivering on an ambitious product roadmap and cementing our place as the platform of choice for developers and cloud-native businesses alike.”
Expanding the Platform with Free Services
Render will also use the Series A funding to expand its Zero DevOps Cloud Platform with new, free services. Individual developers and hobbyists will be able to take use of the platform’s ease and convenience, which can expand as their needs change, with the free options designed for modest projects and proofs of concept.
“As our team grew to more than 20 developers, Heroku became too limiting and expensive,” said Graham Melcher, co-founder and CTO of Hint Health, a leading provider of primary care management software. “But AWS did not have the features we needed and we didn’t want to sacrifice product engineering bandwidth to work on managing infrastructure on AWS. Our developers are incredibly picky when it comes to cloud infrastructure, and Render checked all the boxes for us.”
“Render allows companies to optimize two crucial and ever-competing resources – time and talent – in a way that empowers them to ship better products faster with the control and customization that successful businesses need,” said Lee Fixel, Founder of Addition. “We’re excited to support Render as they continue to eliminate wasteful DevOps spending and improve the developer experience.”