Blog Post

Shippable lands $8M in funding and touts its container-based testing skills

Devops-centric Shippable plans to announce on Thursday that it scored $8 million in a Series A funding round, which brings total investment to $10.1 million. The Seattle-based startup specializes in continuous integration, a development practice that requires a codebase to be repeatedly tested each time a developer makes a change so that the application doesn’t fall apart when pushed live.

Shippable’s product is built atop the [company]Docker[/company] container platform and works by making clones of an organization’s codebase, housed inside containers, that Shippable’s cloud-based [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services system can test for bugs, explained co-founder and CEO Avi Cavale in an interview earlier this year.

Developers can hook up an online source-code repository like [company]GitHub[/company] or [company]Bitbucket[/company] to Shippable, send over a config file that represents the code they want tested, and the startup can spin up a container from that file. Shippable can then test that containerized codebase and notify developers through email or new communication services like Slack or HipChat so they can choose whether the code is ready to be deployed.

“(Google’s) Kubernetes doesn’t know if an application is going to work or not — it’s the same thing with CoreOS, they just ship,” said Cavale in reference to how containerized applications need to be tested on before going live. “There is no guarantee that this container is working.”

Shippable interface
Shippable interface

Shippable is not alone in the continuous integration space. [company]Wercker[/company] (a Gigaom Structure:Europe 2012 LaunchPad winner) has a similar tool that uses a Linux containers (LXC) in its own testing service, although that startup is moving over to Docker containers. And speaking of Docker, the cloud darling bought out the testing-focused startup Koality in October and plans to integrate Koality’s continuous integration service in its own enterprise-version of Docker. With an enterprise version of Docker supporting continuous integration, you have to wonder how that will affect these other container-based startups.

Madrona Venture Group drove the latest funding round, which also included previous investors Vulcan Capital, Divergent Ventures and Founders Co-Op. Madrona Venture Group’s managing director Tim Porter will join the startup’s board.

Post and thumbnail images courtesy of Shutterstock user nattanan726.