A startup focused on Docker app development, StackEngine, has formally exited stealth mode and announced $1 million in seed funding from Silverton Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners.
Docker is an open platform for developers and system admins to build, ship and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components, and strives to eliminate the friction between development, quality assurance and production environments.
The upshot is that IT can run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs and in any cloud.
StackEngine meanwhile provides a platform to deploy, manage and scale resilient Docker applications. It’s in private alpha for now, but the round of funding will be used to move towards general availability later in the fourth quarter of this year.
As developers adopt Docker’s new approach, organizations are seeking tools to launch Docker-developed products and services. However, the ecosystem lacks modern management tools, automation tools or even best practices for operations teams.
All of this has created a deployment bottleneck, which StackEngine addresses by providing a way to discover, visualize and manage small- to large-scale Docker deployments, and automate change and configuration management for containers.
"We deeply believe that automation is the answer to an emergent problem in Docker and container technologies," said StackEngine CEO and co-founder Bob Quillin. "We also believe a new and radically different approach is needed. Containerization instantly shifts the problem up the stack. StackEngine bridges that gap and gives enterprises the ability to deliver product faster, deploy more frequently, operate more reliably and run wherever is most optimal."
Kip McClanahan, partner at Silverton Partners added "We believe that StackEngine has identified a key pain point with a compelling new technology. StackEngine is entering this emerging market at its flash point. While Docker looks to be the heir-apparent to VMware, it lacks the requisite operations management and automation tools to break into the enterprise. That’s why we bet on the experience of the StackEngine team to lead the way forward."