StrongLoop,the startup dedicated to providing commercially supported versions of Node.js for popular operating systems, now has $8 million in new Series A funding to bolster that effort. And it has named Isaac Roth, a force behind the Red Hat OpenShift PaaS and a StrongLoop board member, as CEO.
StrongLoop was founded last year by big-time Node.js contributors Bert Belder, Ben Noordhuis and Al Tsang to offer fully supported versions of Node.js for Red Hat Linux, CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu, Mac OS and Windows operating systems. The new funding was led by Shasta Ventures and Ignition Partners.
The company also announced LoopBack, a Node.js-based mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) that can be deployed on -premises or in the cloud or specifically, Amazon, Heroku, Cloud Foundry, OpenShift, Rackspace and Cloud9 IDE clouds.
LoopBack competes with such mobile backends as Parse, now owned by Facebook, Stackmob and Kinvey.
Folks who thought the MBaaS wars were settling down might want to rethink that proposition.