This startup is looking to cover all the phases of micro service development, cutting costs with DevOps automation tools
Ramat Gan-based development platform startup Codefresh announced today the close of their Series A funding round, which combined with their seed investment, brings the company to a total of $7 million raised.
Leading the round was Carmel Ventures, with participation from previous backers Hillsven Capital, Streamlined Capital, and UpWest Labs.
Co-founded in 2014 by CEO Raziel Tabib and CTO Oleg Verhovsky, the company maintains R&D offices in Israel and their sales office in the US. With thousands of companies using their Docker native continuous integration and continuous deployment platform — from small startups to big players like IronSource, JFrog, and HP — they are creating automation tools that address the needs of the new era of programming in dealing with micro services.
Verhovsky describes to Geektime what he calls a dramatic migration towards a new paradigm of software architecture from one central siloed web application to one called micro services. These are small, runnable pieces of software, where each is well defined for a specific purpose and can run independently. Despite their segmentation, they are able to communicate with one another, working together to provide for the whole of the business functionality operation.
Codefresh provides the platform that optimizes the development of these micro service applications by providing all of the elements required for the automated building, testing, and deployment of services that are needed for continuous integration and continuous deployment processes.
According to Verhovsky, the challenge for the organizations working with containers — the packages that move code around from developers to deployment — is that the existing tools for working in this space are not effective. He says that companies now carry out these tasks manually or by investing intensive resources to complete these tasks.
“We provide out-of-the-box automation for this process,” he tells Geektime, explaining that their product can replace the huge investment for organizations in automating their Docker images.
“Our competitors mostly focus on the build phase and automated tests,” says Verhovsky, pointing to companies like Travis CI and CircleCI. “We are optimized for Docker and also cover the deploy phase with automated testing. This means that any team member in an organization can quickly spin up a complex multi container environment for feature preview manual testing, and perform integration tests.”
The Codefresh team currently has eight members here in Israel, with Verhovsky making the point that as a lean organization, they are all developers.
Moving forward post funding, they plan on adding 15 new personnel between their R&D, sales and marketing departments to help them improve on the product and grow their outreach to new users.
As a point of pride, Verhovsky tells Geektime that he is impressed with how his team has come to develop such a strong position working in a field that has historically been dominated by large players like HP and Atlassian. Part of this success he believes is owed to the vibrant development environment in Israel’s advanced development ecosystem, which he says has made it easier for them to find clients and partners.