Apprenda is joining Google’s Kubernetes community in the latest corporate partnership for the Troy, New York, startup.
Kubernetes is an open-source platform developed by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). Open source is software that can be freely used, changed and shared by anyone and distributed under licenses.
Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda, started the company in 2007 with co-founders Matt Ammerman and Abraham Sultan to solve problems they were facing as software engineers early in their careers.
Apprenda, headquartered in downtown Troy, builds a software platform that allows its customers, including those in finance and pharmaceuticals, to build and deploy computer applications. Clients include JPMorgan Chase and McKesson.
The partnership with Kubernetes will let Apprenda’s customers run old applications on the cloud as well as new ones.
“We’re the only platform on earth that’s focused on a two-prong strategy, giving customers value for new applications they will be building and a platform for all of the existing apps they’ve built over the years,” said Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller. “Old apps were built differently and weren’t built for cloud. “This lets the world’s largest companies run not just their new apps, but the old apps.”
Schuller started the company in 2007 with co-founders Matt Ammerman and Abraham Sultan to solve problems they were facing as software engineers early in their careers.
Since then, Apprenda has raised $56 million in venture capital investments. The most recent investment has allowed the company to expand to 100-plus employees in Troy and New York City.
Apprenda is focused on expanding corporate partnerships. The company recently announced it has joined Cisco’s Solution Partner Program to better connect customers with Internet of Everything technology. The company has also joined IBM’s UrbanCode.
Finding new partners is a big part of Apprenda’s 2016 agenda, Sinclair said. The Kubernetes partnership will let Apprenda access software code developed by others, as well as contribute code to the community.
“It’s an open source technology, so lots of companies and individuals work on it to evolve it,” Sinclair said. “We’ll benefit from codes contributed to Kubernetes and we’ll contribute our codes to the open source community as well.”
Sinclair posted on his blog this morning about the partnership.