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San Francisco startup Tetrate, which develops an app management platform for hybrid and multicloud environments, today emerged from stealth with $12.5 million in a funding round led by Dell Technologies Capital, with participation from 8VC, Intel Capital, Rain Capital, and Samsung Next. The startup also attracted individual investments from a number of industry executives, including former Cisco chief development officer Pankaj Patel, Yubico chief product officer Guido Appenzeller, and WeWork’s Shiva Rajaraman.

“Fortune 500 enterprises need a microservices-friendly networking layer to power their digital transformation, including application modernization and public/hybrid cloud adoption,” said CEO and former Google Cloud Platform product manager Varun Talwar. “Tetrate’s mission is to create a secure and flexible application networking layer to help enterprises transition from their decades-old rigid networking stack. Our tools and technologies will help customers with availability and manageability of their applications as they undergo this transformation.”

Boiled down to basics, Tetrate’s technologies enable dev teams to run and manage microservices — a collection of loosely coupled, independently deployable components embedded within larger apps — across private and public clouds. The company maintains and contributes to Istio, an open source independent service mesh incubated at Google, and Envoy, a microservices-friendly network load balancer that’s employed by Lyft, Pinterest, Square, and countless others. (Istio serves as the control layer over Enjoy.) Additionally, it offers various open source tools, certified builds, and adapters that augment Istio and Envoy with “enterprise-grade” scalability, and that extend both suites to work in virtual machine-based cloud environments.

Tetrate’s timing is opportune. Envoy production usage jumped from 4 percent of large organizations to 24 percent from last March to October, according to the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and a recent survey published by Dimensional Research found that 86 percent of companies expect microservices to be a part of their app stack in the next five years. Analysts at Camunda, meanwhile, say that 63 percent of companies they recently surveyed are currently using microservices architectures.


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Coinciding with the launch of its eponymous platform, Tetrate announced a collaboration with Google to operate hybrid cloud environments with Istio and with the CNCF, which aims to develop a blueprint for scalable, distributed cloud-based app architectures. CNCF, led primarily by Google, counts IBM, Intel, Box, Cisco, VMware, Docker, Mesosphere, and others among its members.

“Google Cloud’s leadership in service mesh technologies stems from our goal of making hybrid cloud seamless for customers,” said Prajakta Joshi, senior product manager for cloud computing at Google Cloud. “The Tetrate team brings strong expertise in this space for cloud-native and brownfield deployments. We look forward to collaborating with Tetrate to help our joint customers harness these technologies for their digital transformation.”

Tetrate says its team is made up of “pioneers” of Istio and gRCP, a high-performance framework for distributed apps and services, along with “key maintainers” of Envoy and other “leading” open source experts.

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