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ElasticBox @ ChefConf… Bringing Chef to the Cloud

Chef Conf 2014

Tonight ChefConf 2014 kicks off at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency, and my fellow ¡Elasticos! and I are very excited to have the opportunity to share the vision and reality of ElasticBox with the attendees. We’ll be showcasing how our approach to DevOps allows you to integrate easily and seamlessly with Chef one time regardless of how many different cloud providers you may use. Configure the platform and app with Chef, deploy and manage it with ElasticBox.

Yes, that’s right…there’s no longer a need to rewrite/modify/debug essentially the same Chef scripts over and over and over just to deploy an application on a different cloud service.

Leverage Chef as a Service across All Clouds

On a more technical level, what ElasticBox does is abstract away the need to perform API level integrations on a per provider basis, and this abstraction allows you to leverage Chef uniformly across providers. Furthermore we do this for the entire service/application, not just for individual nodes. ElasticBox allows you to deploy an entire enterprise application holistically using the power of Chef to any cloud provider. You can now essentially leverage Chef scripts as a service!

Deploy Modularized Chef Service Boxes

Now, of course that’s not all ElasticBox does. Our overall mission is to make it as easy as possible to develop, deploy and manage applications on any cloud infrastructure. To do that, we’re pioneering a simplified, modular, service-based application development structure, where fully configured components of application architecture are encapsulated as “Boxes” and made available as a service. Also pretty cool, yeah?

What it boils down to is ElasticBox is making it possible for Dev and Ops to live in peace and harmony. #truestory

See Us at the Booth

Come see us at ChefConf 2014 where we are a silver sponsor. Stop by booth 216 and see how ElasticBox brings Chef to the Cloud.  I am sure we are giving away t-shirts or gum or something.

Thanks Chef for hosting this event – this is all very exciting stuff.

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Hi, My Name is ElasticBox and I am a Cloudaholic

Hello! We, at ElasticBox, feel like we are on a rocketship sometimes but we’re very excited about what we’re doing and want to share all the great news with you. Among other things, we’ve just closed our Series A funding round, re-launched our website, and added several new features to our product that will establish collaboration as the new norm for application development and deployment. Developers, we’re doing this all for you!

So What Does ElasticBox Do Again?

To start, let’s talk about a commonly asked question – just what does ElasticBox do? Well, at the core, ElasticBox is pioneering a new way for developers to create, deploy, and manage applications for cloud environments. The way we look at it, the infrastructure is pretty much solved – but the application is still stuck back in the days of bare metal. It’s time to solve the application! We know this doesn’t tell you the whole story, so come to our website to see why Boxes will be your new best friends. What is a Box, you ask? Like we said, come to our website!

 What Has ElasticBox Been Up To?

  • Funding. Boom. Done: As announced last week, ElasticBox has closed a $9M Series A funding round with Nexus Venture Partners and Intel Capital. This funding will give us the fuel we need to keep adding new features to our product and to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from ElasticBox. Read more about it at this link.

  • A Brand New Website that We’re Dying to Show Off: We are extremely excited to introduce you to our newly-minted website at www.elasticbox.com. We’ve designed this site to clearly communicate what ElasticBox does – and we put a rock on there too. You can also sign up for the free developer edition right on the website.  Wanna know who we are? Check out our lovely pictures.

  • New Features that will Seriously Blow Your Mind: Ok, they won’t really blow your mind, but developers, we’ve got three new features that will make your job a lot easier: Workspaces, Collaboration, and Lifecycle Editor.

    • ElasticBox Workspaces helps enterprises organize teams and development resources for faster app development.

    • ElasticBox Collaboration is a real game-changer that lets you add other developers/workspaces to a Box or application to enable ummm… better collaboration.

    • ElasticBox Lifecycle Editor, a feature unique to ElasticBox, allows you to review, configure, and deploy applications, in real time, all in a single view.

Developers, if you haven’t already, try out these new features by signing up for our free Developer Edition at elasticbox.com/signup and become a Cloudaholic.

Enterprise, want to see how ElasticBox can transform your business to focus on innovation? Request a demo by sending an email to info@elasticbox.com.

Thanks again everyone, and stay tuned for several new exciting features by following this blog for updates at elasticbox.com/blog/

Blog. Boom. Done.

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ElasticBox Secures $9M In Funding

ElasticBox Secures $9M In Funding from Silicon Valley’s Leading Investors to Usher in “Biggest Step in Cloud Technology Since VMware and Amazon Web Services”

 
ElasticBox receives funding to pioneer a simplified, modular application development process that makes it easier than ever to create, deploy and manage business applications for any cloud infrastructure

Mountain View, CALIF. April 2nd, 2014 – Today, ElasticBox, the company that enables developers and enterprises to create, deploy and manage applications quickly and easily, is announcing that it has closed a nine million dollar Series A funding round. The Series A investment comes from Nexus Venture Partners and Intel Capital, who also participated in the company’s seed funding round with a16z seed and Sierra Ventures.

“The cloud has fundamentally improved how people access and use infrastructure. But developing cloud based applications is still a lengthy, expensive and broken process that is stuck in the dark ages, like way back in the days of bare metal,” said CEO and co-founder of ElasticBox, Ravi Srivatsav. “ElasticBox empowers the developer with preconfigured Boxes that they can mix and match to create applications – similar to the way a DJ blends beats and samples to create new music. It brings Dr. Dre-like creativity to enterprise application development.”

ElasticBox has introduced a modular way to develop applications in the cloud through a new approach, using Boxes. Boxes are encapsulated, fully configured components of your application architecture that can be combined to create and run applications in the cloud.

Here is a look at what you can do on the ElasticBox platform:

  • Create Boxes or choose from a library or a catalog of publicly available boxes (like NGINX, Python, MongoDB, Hadoop, Ruby, etc.)
  • Stack and reuse Boxes to quickly and easily create multi-tier applications.
  • Tweak Boxes to customize for any particular need.
  • Share Boxes for collaboration and quick deployment.
  • Move your applications anywhere. Companies can develop applications in one cloud, test in another and then deploy in another cloud — liberating applications from being locked into a single cloud.
  • Update a Box and sync to any application that uses that Box. No need to update the applications individually.

“There have been two pivotal moments in enterprise infrastructure development: the creation and implementation of the virtual machine, and the rise of cloud services,” said Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Managing Director of Nexus Venture Partners. “ElasticBox is now overhauling enterprise application development, deployment and management within this cloud in what we think is the biggest step in cloud innovation since VMware and Amazon Web Services. We are thrilled to have partnered with an exceptional team to help build this category-defining company.”

“ElasticBox’s pioneering work removes the complexity and cost associated with developing, deploying and managing apps in the cloud and truly delivers the promise of cloud elasticity to enterprises,” said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and executive vice president of Intel Corp. “We look forward to helping Ravi and team accelerate their growth with enterprises around the world.”

The rise of business applications

It may not be commonly known, but most enterprises – of all industries, from Finance, to Pharma, to Coffee – develop hundreds or thousands of applications internally to support business processes and create competitive advantage. ElasticBox empowers these enterprises to build better applications faster, which then helps them innovate more quickly. Netflix is one such company.

“ElasticBox has provided us with the technology that we had been looking for, but had never found a great solution,” said VP of IT Operations at Netflix, Mike D. Kail. “With ElasticBox we are able to both create custom Boxes as well as leverage their preconfigured Boxes to deploy our internal applications, which allows us to focus on innovation instead of orchestration.”

Developers interested in signing up for ElasticBox can do so for free at the following link: signup.elasticbox.com

Companies interested in receiving more information can contact: sales@elasticbox.com

About ElasticBox

Founded in 2011, ElasticBox streamlines the development, deployment, and management of applications for any cloud. ElasticBox is pioneering a simplified, modular, service-based application development structure, where fully configured components of application architecture are encapsulated as “Boxes” and made available as a service. Boxes are reusable, and fully mobile across cloud environments. To create a multi-tier application architecture, simply “stack” these Boxes. The result? Application development, deployment, and management for the cloud are now seamless.

ElasticBox’s investors include: Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, a16z seed and Sierra Ventures.

About Nexus Venture Partners

Nexus Venture Partners (www.nexusvp.com) is India’s most successful venture capital fund, with offices in Silicon Valley and India. Nexus’ team consists of entrepreneurs who have founded and scaled large global companies. The team has invested in a variety of companies leading to numerous successful public offerings and M&A transactions. It has over $600M under management with an active portfolio of over 50 companies across Technology, Internet, Media, Consumer and Business Services sectors. The Nexus team plays an active role in helping entrepreneurs and management teams build market-leading businesses. Nexus investments include Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix), Gluster (acquired by Red Hat), Pubmatic, DimDim (acquired by Salesforce), Kaltura, Druva, Aryaka, Snapdeal.com and Netmagic (acquired by NTT).

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,339 companies in 55 countries. In that timeframe, 206 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 344 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments with approximately 49 percent of funds invested outside North America. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.

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