Ever since the advent of virtualization technology in the early 2000s, software has become increasingly abstracted from its underlying hardware. The ability to “write once, run anywhere” has led to the runaway success of technologies like containers, which package software in a format that can run in isolation on a shared operating system. This allows developers to more easily collaborate on code across environments, get better utilization from their hardware, and build agile, secure software delivery pipelines.
The concept of the “software-defined datacenter” extends this analogy beyond compute into networking, storage, and security as well. With the advent of hybrid and multi-cloud, the underlying infrastructure is only getting more complex. The ability to manage infrastructure that cuts across private and public cloud leads to cost-effective solutions; better ability to simplify, automate, and scale; and the agility to move quickly in today’s IT landscape.
While containers have been the rage for the last 18-24 months, the complexity that grows from this technology quickly escalates to an unmanageable level from an application connectivity and security perspective. In fact, this has often been the talking point of those who are hesitant to adopt them too deeply. This conundrum has been an issue for large enterprises as they look to benefit from these new methods of software architecture and management.
This is the context in which we are very excited to invest in Tigera and the team.
Tigera provides secure application connectivity solutions built for modern cloud native applications. It addresses the application networking connectivity challenges that come with cloud native architectures, especially those that must connect to on-premises, legacy environments. Tigera does this by extending leading open source projects, Calico and Istio into commercial enterprise software that enables policy-based security, enterprise controls and compliance that works across on-premises data centers and all public clouds. Tigera offers large enterprise companies a solution for deploying containers within the Zero Trust security framework that they require and opens up this Fortune 500 market to innovations that increase agility and cost effectiveness.
The leadership team behind Tigera including the CEO, Ratan Tipirneni; co-founders Andy Randall, Alex Pollitt, Christopher Liljenstolpe, VP of Engineering, Doug Collier; and the most recent additions including Andy Wright, VP of Marketing and Amit Gupta, VP of Product Management make a world-class team that knows networking and cloud deeply. They have demonstrated strong leadership in the open source community and the ability to build a commercial offering that solves real pain points for enterprise customers moving to the cloud.
We, at Madrona, are looking forward to this exciting journey with Ratan and team at Tigera.