Platform9 raises $37.5 million in new funding to expand SaaS Managed Kubernetes business
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Mountain View, CA, February 23, 2021: Platform9, the leading SaaS Managed Kubernetes provider for private and edge clouds, today announced it has closed its Series-D funding with an additional $12.5 million for a total of $37.5 million. This round was led by WRVI Capital, with participation from all existing venture investors including NGP Capital, Mubadala Ventures, Canvas Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures.
The additional funding follows accelerated business momentum in fiscal year 2020, with outstanding YoY growth led by Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes product:
- 145% growth in ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue)
- 340% increase in customer base
- 363% growth in TCV (Total Contract Value)
- 114% net revenue retention of existing customers, showing strong retention and growth within the install base
Platform9 also reported an industry-leading NPS (Net Promoter Score) of 71 and a customer satisfaction score of 99% for 2020.
The company’s Managed Kubernetes deployments have become a critical part of many large-scale and complex 5G infrastructure roll outs, hybrid cloud containers-as-a-service, and Edge use cases in the retail, media, and entertainment market segments.
"The emergence of the intelligent Edge implies that cloud implementations in the future are going to be distributed and not exclusively as hyperscale public clouds,” said Sriram Viswanathan, founding managing partner of WRVI Capital. “Cloud services and container deployments will increasingly need to be closer to where the users consume those services for better latency and user experience. Platform9, which pioneered the architectural approach to managing clouds everywhere, will now be able to offer their solutions to more enterprises through cloud-native computing.”
“Kubernetes has become the de-facto standard for building out hybrid and edge applications. However, the journey to cloud native is fraught with complexity: developers need to understand micro-services, platform engineers need to operationalize Kubernetes, and ongoing upkeep of cloud native applications is extremely difficult,” said Sirish Raghuram, co-founder and CEO of Platform9. "We are excited to leverage the new capital to greatly simplify this challenge with our industry leading SaaS Managed Kubernetes product for edge, private, and hybrid cloud deployments.”
“By 2024, 5G is expected to handle 25% of all mobile traffic, bringing flexibility at the radio layer and democratizing access to ultra-fast connectivity and data-intensive applications,” explained Rohini Chakravarthy, board chair at Platform9 and partner at NGP Capital. “Platform9 is building a critical SaaS platform for Kubernetes that accelerates cloud native 5G.”
“Using Platform9 is a seamless process,” says Stephen Pride, senior infrastructure engineer at Snapfish, who has been using Platform9 for more than two years. “They truly live up to their mission statement: to deliver the experience of the public cloud on any infrastructure, to any enterprise, at any scale.”
Additional Information and Resources
- Sirish Raghuram’s Kubernetes Predictions for 2021 here
Platform9 is the leading Managed Kubernetes provider for private, edge, and hybrid clouds. With a mission to enable freedom in cloud computing, the company delivers cloud-native technologies with SaaS simplicity that are easy to operate and scale, while supporting broad cloud capabilities that run on any infrastructure. The company’s SaaS management model has been proven to eliminate management complexity and costs through automated cluster upgrades, security patches, and fully-managed monitoring and troubleshooting across multiple points of presence, edge sites, and data centers with guaranteed SLAs. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Platform9 clients include enterprises such as Kingfisher Retail, Redfin, Cloudera, Yext, and Juniper Networks. For additional information please visit Platform9.com, refer to the Platform9 blog and download the recent Forrester Wave™: MultiCloud Container Development Platforms, Q3 2020 Report. Follow Platform9 on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.