Render secures $20M Series A to scale its DevOps cloud platform

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DevOps cloud platform Render, which won our Disrupt SF 2019 Startup Battlefield, today announced that it has closed a $20 million Series A funding round, along with existing investors General Catalyst and South Park Commons.

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Addition first made a small investment in Render in February 2020, when the company was not looking to raise a round, co-founder and CEO Anurag Goel told Nerdshala in an email.

Render announced its last raise in October 2020, a seed round for $4.5 million, after seeing strong inbound interest on the heels of the dissolution. The latest round brings the startup’s total funding to $26.75 million.

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Goyal said the San-Francisco-based company will use the proceeds to triple its employee base by the end of 2022, currently 35 people, with a focus on product and customer development. It plans to expand its data center footprint globally to at least 10 new regions in 2022 to improve latency, launching for the first time in both APAC and EMEA.

Goyal said the new features it plans to roll out include built-in DDoS protection for its customers along with increasing access to its product for web services and databases.

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According to Goyal, most of Render’s customers use its platform for their entire cloud presence. Some of its notable clients include publicly traded anchoronline developer community indie hackers, and web3 platforms near,

Goyal said many of its customers host popular open-source projects Elasticsearch over Render as an alternative to expensive managed versions of these services, like MySQL and MongoDB, because Render has simplified the process of managing such projects.

Render competes with the “big three” cloud providers — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud — by offering a great suite of features at a competitive cost. Goel said that many customers of Render migrate to its platform from Heroku and AWS because it provides “increased flexibility, improved performance and access to modern features. such as infrastructure code, private networking and persistent storage.

Once the customer chooses which service to deploy, Render helps them manage the process and infrastructure.

“AWS and other large providers were built for the 2000s, when infrastructure management was the norm in every company,” Goyal said. “While managing the Big Three offerings requires expensive and scarce DevOps engineering resources, we deliver simplicity and a world-class developer experience at a fraction of the cost.”

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