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Hachicorp Raises $10M to Advance Open Source DevOps Vision

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Posted December 10, 2014 By Sean Michael Kerner     Feedback

Developer behind the popular open source Vagrant tool expands with new commercial product and the money to move it forward.

HashiCorp today announced that it has secured a $10 million Series A round of funding. The company will use the money to continue to evolve its application development and deployment technology, including the development of a new commercial service known as Atlas.

HashiCorp is known in the application development community for its open source tools, including Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul and Terraform.

"What we've done with the open source goodness is to break down application delivery into distinct components that are very targeted," Mitchell Hashimoto, co-founder and CEO of HashiCorp, told Enterprise Apps Today.

Vagrant allows developers to set up reproducible development environments. Packer facilitates building artifacts for application deployment, including Docker containers or Amazon AMI images. Consul provides service discovery monitoring capabilities, and Teraform is for building deployment infrastructure.

"All our tools have been completely free, and what we're doing with Atlas is bringing them all together in order to form one single DevOps thread," Hashimoto said. "So use Vagrant for development, Packer to turn the code into something you deploy, and then use Teraform to deploy."

The Atlas system will simplify running and managing the entire software development process and will also provide users with a dashboard.

It is initially being offered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. The initial launch will provide users with a free tier of service, and the plan is to announce commercial pricing in the coming months.

Hashimoto emphasized that all of the existing open source projects will remain open source, even though Atlas is a commercial proprietary service.

"There are no special builds, but Atlas itself -- with the integration across tools, the user interface and the security aspects -- are all closed source," Hachimoto said. "Atlas happens to run our open source software to enable its features."

The Atlas system can integrate with other tools, including Puppet for configuration management. When it comes to orchestration in the cloud, the Teraform component is an alternative to the Amazon CloudFormation and OpenStack Heat services.

Moving forward HashiCorp's plan is to improve and evolve Atlas. As well, Hachimoto hinted that at least one more major open source project is in the development pipeline for 2015.

"We'll continue to advance Atlas as the center for application delivery but also we'll continue to embrace our open source community not just by adding new features in existing tools but also by introducing more free open-source stuff," he said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Apps Today and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.


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