For a while, Kubernetes, the open-source container management platform, was as hot as it comes, but lately it’s settled into a more mainstream cadence of a maturing technology. As more businesses embrace containerization and microservices, it requires more sophisticated tools to manage a system with loads of underlying complexity.
The two Komodor founders got their start at Google and eBay working on these types of systems, and they experienced what many people in organizations with large engineering systems often encounter. While these larger companies had the resources to create tools in-house to manage these systems, other companies were forced to do things more manually.
Two years ago, Ben Ofiri and Itiel Shwartz left the comfort of their corporate jobs to start Komodor and create a Kubernetes troubleshooting platform, which could help every organization find and fix problems in Kubernetes installations.
“Once companies start adopting microservices and Kubernetes, they all face the same challenges and issues. Kubernetes is a very, very complex, very distributed, very fragmented system, and is actually made up of thousands of different components,” Ofiri, who is the CEO of the startup, told me.
He says that when an incident occurs, there is a lot of pressure on the engineering team to understand the nature of the problem and resolve it as quickly as possible. The problem is that most people aren’t trained enough to deal with these issues, he said.
He said his company wants to put this troubleshooting capability into the hands of more engineers by using software to help them. “What we’ve tried to do at Komodor is democratize the operational and troubleshooting aspects of Kubernetes and take that knowledge that maybe a few people in the organization have, and expose it to the other 95% of organization,” Ofiri explained.
This involves detection, investigation and remediation. “What we’re doing behind the scenes is we’re leveraging different data-driven approaches and a rules-engine-based model to first identify different issues and then come up with proposals on how to automate the investigation phase in order to find the root cause.”
They launched the company in 2020 and offered the first draft of the solution about six months later with beta customers. They have a complete solution in production for almost a year now. The company already has 45 employees, and Ofiri says one of the ways he’s been able to hire people from diverse backgrounds is by training people who didn’t have direct experience as developers.
“We both take diversity and inclusion very seriously, and we make sure that [a variety of] people have opportunities in Komodor. We hired newbies with no programming experience,” he said.
Although it used to be difficult to train developers, now that they have a program in place, the process is much smoother. He says that while it’s common for startups to avoid an office experience these days, he still sees a lot of value in working together in the same building, and he hopes to be able to provide that experience as he goes. as the business grows.
Today, the company announced a $42 million Series B investment led by Tiger Global, with participation from Felicis and existing investors Accel, NFX Capital, OldSlip Group, Pitango and First and Vine Ventures. The startup has raised a total of $67 million.