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12 hot application container startups

Brandon Butler | June 26, 2015
The container revolution is upon us.

In the past, test environments have been made up largely of virtual machines. At Microsoft, Shippable's co-founder Avi Cavale managed a multi-million dollar lab testing environment based entirely on VMs. Using Shippable, Cavale says the footprint of the testing environment can be dramatically reduced. Shippable is billed as a portion of the savings that customers realize from using containers instead of VMs.

Sysdig Cloud

Headquarters: San Francisco Founded: 2013 Funding: Undisclosed Why it's worth watching: Monitoring containers may not sound like the most exciting topic, but it's critically important. It's one thing to have containers up and running, but how many do you have? What apps are running inside of them? What other apps are those containers interacting with? Those are the types of questions that Sysdig helps answer.

The Linux monitoring platform is both an open source project that's freely available as a download from GitHub, as well as a product from the company of the same name. It provides information such as system health checks, top network connections for a container, most input/output intensive files in a container, a history of commands executed on a container, descriptions of which containers are running in a machine and what apps are running in a container. Plus it provides a sortable history of all the log data it keeps. It's accessible through a command line interface or a basic dashboard, with plans for a more polished paid version. Founder and CEO Loris Degioannii used to work at Riverbed Technologies.

Sysdig represents one of many companies with container monitoring and tracking products; Andreessen Horowitz-backed SignalFX is another.

Tutum

Headquarters: Brooklyn, with another office in Madrid Founded: 2013 Funding: $2.65 million seed round, led by RTP Ventures with participation from Azure Capital Partners and some angel investors. Why it's worth watching: Tutum started out as a company that wanted to provide a completely hosted container environment. But its founders - a former HP technician and a Capgemini consultant - realized that hosting providers like Amazon Web Services, may offer that. So Tutum's real differentiator was not hosting containers, but the management software it built, so the company is now focused on that.

Tutum's technology has been developed with the application developer in mind. It's software is designed to allow developers to write code, port it into Tutum and let the software take care of the rest. That means Tutum will handle the network connections needed using technology called Weave. Tutum will also manage the storage those containers need and it will provide container tracking. The Tutum team hopes to have a beta available later this year.

Twistlock

Founded: 2015 Headquarters: San Francisco Funding:  $3.1M by YL ventures and angels Why it's worth watching: This company, founded by a team led by Ben Bernstein and Dima Stopel from Microsoft, positions its software as an "end-to-end" security product for protecting and monitoring containers. Twistlock provides a customizable dashboard to monitor containers in any environment, and allows what it calls "gates" to be put up to help control the make-up of containers.

 

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