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Many companies want to be able to deploy applications across multiple public clouds, but thus far the management tools to facilitate that have been lacking. That’s a gap Boston startup Stackdriver hopes to fill, say co-founder Dan Belcher.

Stackdriver co-founder Dan Belcher

Stackdriver, a Boston-based startup that wants to help companies run and manage their applications on and across public cloud infrastructure, has scored $5 million in Series A funding from Bain Capital Ventures.

The company, which has thus far operated in stealth out of a conference room at Northeastern University, has also garnered some pretty impressive talent. Dale Christian, CIO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is on the advisory board.  Ben Holtzman, a Bain partner, and Ben Nye, a managing director joined the board of directors.

“Our mission is pretty bold: to be the platform and brain at the center that delivers on the promise of utility computing,” Stackdriver co-founder Dan Belcher told me in an interview. “This means we will integrate with other systems — Amazon Web Services, CloudWatch etc., and drive automation working with companies like Opscode,” he said.

“The whole idea of utility computing should be that you as a customer – everyone we talked to said even if we’re not running across multiple clouds that’s only because the tools weren’t here,” he said.

Belcher and co-founder Izzy Azeri are both VMware veterans, and Belcher did stints at Microsoft and Sonian, while Azeri worked at EMC and Acronis. Jeremy Katz, a DevOps expert who has been with Hubspot, is also aboard.

The funding will be used to hire engineers and build out the product, Belcher said.

This is indeed an ambitious project for a four-person start-up.  Legacy systems management companies like CA and BMC are attacking the same problem while newer DevOps tools purveyors are also coming up the stack to offer more cloud management capabilities.

  1. Barb this should have been a tweet not a post and not much here http://www.stackdriver.com/ but hey they got $5M ;)

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    1. arrrgh. thanks steve. updating now. WP error.

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  2. Yeah, let’s see if they can really pull this off lest they forget about Vint Cerf’s post from a few years ago about cloud interoperability.

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  3. Yaron Parasol Monday, August 13, 2012

    There is indeed a great need in the market to be able to onboard existing SaaS and enterprise applications to public clouds without changing the application and without getting locked in to one cloud or another.
    We designed Cloudify to do exactly that, combining the DevOps approach to automation with cloud requirements like custom scale rules, deployment monitoring, cloud portability etc.
    We welcome Stackdriver team to the market.

    Yaron Parasol
    Direcor of Product Management
    GigaSpaces
    Cloudifysource.org

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