CloudQuery CEO and co-founder Evgeny Pats helped launch the startup because he needed a tool that would give him insight into his cloud infrastructure resources, and he couldn’t find one on the open market. He created his own SQL-based tool to understand exactly what resources he is using based on best data processing practices.
After he released the open source solution, he saw that the problem he was facing was the same as larger organizations. Pats says they have 20 companies today with at least 1,000 employees using the product. Investors took note, awarding the startup a $15 million Series A.
Pats believes cloud infrastructure is locked in the past in terms of data and he wanted to bring it into the modern era with CloudQuery. “The cloud infrastructure world is like 2011 in terms of data engineering and best practices. So we’re bringing that into cloud security, compliance, and cost tracking, and we’re using all of the data best practices to build on those use cases,” Pats told me.
As the product gained momentum, the company worked diligently to provide information on all services from each of the “big three” cloud infrastructure providers – Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. This is not an easy task, because, according to him, AWS alone has about 350 services that the product must connect to.
In addition, they overlay access to various related SaaS tools such as Datadog for monitoring and Okta for single sign-on, and using the data from these tools, users can set compliance or security rules based on certain conditions. He sees how customers use the product to find out, for example, if they are overusing their cloud infrastructure resources, find “zombie resources” that are not project-bound but that companies are still paying for, and help set up security and compliance. . rules based on CloudQuery data.
Because it is an open platform, the company or external developers can add new features as they see fit, and they become available to everyone. While some commercial companies are working on some aspects of the visibility problem, Pats says that as an open source product, CloudQuery is in a unique position to solve this problem.
“Users soon realize that no single vendor can realistically support all of these APIs. Every vendor is missing some API they need, some data they need. So the only way to achieve that is to actually have open source where they can contribute to our official integrations by writing their own integration,” Pats explained.
The company has 15 employees who plan to stay lean for at least next year, perhaps adding a couple of engineers as they build a community around the product. Pats envisions a SaaS version of the product at one point, but the funding gives him at least three runway years, so enough time to generate revenue.
Tiger Global has led a $15 million Series A company with existing investors Boldstart, Haystack, Mango and Work-Bench. The company raised seeds 3.5 million llast year for a total of $18.5 million raised to date.
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