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Pulumi Launches Cloud Development Platform to Help Teams Get Code to the Cloud Faster

Pulumi
Corporation today announced the launch of Pulumi,
a platform for cloud software development. Pulumi is designed for
developers and DevOps teams to build and manage cloud native software
that uses containers, serverless functions, APIs, and infrastructure,
using one consistent approach.

Pulumi Corporation’s founding team includes three developer tools
veterans — Joe Duffy, Eric Rudder, and Luke Hoban. Pulumi also
announced a $5M series seed investment from Madrona Venture Group and
Tola Capital. As part of the financing, Madrona’s S. Somasegar joins the
Board of Directors.

At launch, Pulumi supports a variety of languages, and enables targeting
all major clouds and cloud native environments. The platform is open
source, available on GitHub, and is fully extensible. Alongside this
initial launch is a public preview of the Pulumi SaaS for individuals
and teams to collaborate on and manage cloud software development using
the Pulumi platform.

“All developers are now cloud developers. The cloud delivers enormous
capabilities, however creating modern cloud software is still too
difficult and requires specialized skills. It lacks a true programming
model with the same familiarity and productivity that developers know
and love when creating traditional applications,” said Joe Duffy, CEO,
Pulumi. “The Pulumi platform provides a reimagined cloud development
experience, with a real programming model, enabling teams to deliver
cloud software faster, and manage it more collaboratively, than ever
before.”

“The growth of solutions based on Containers, Lambdas, and Data Services
— the Colada architecture — means that teams demand new tools and
frameworks to code, deploy, and manage applications in a way that
unifies Development and DevOps teams,” said Eric Rudder, Executive
Chairman, Pulumi. “Multi-cloud is becoming a reality for most
organizations and Pulumi fulfils a need for a single approach to
multi-cloud development.”

The Pulumi platform introduces a code-first approach to developing and
managing cloud apps and infrastructure. Pulumi’s tools and services are
built atop a multi-language and multi-cloud object model, enabling
componentization and an immutable infrastructure approach to
orchestrating and managing any kind of cloud software. The core Pulumi
platform and all supporting packages are released as open source, on
GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license.

Multi-Language. Pulumi enables developers to express apps and
infrastructure in their preferred language, with familiar tools and
processes. This approach eliminates the need for markup- or DSL-based
configuration. Pulumi currently supports JavaScript, TypeScript, Python,
and Go, with other languages including Java and C# on the way.

Multi-Cloud. Pulumi supports the most popular cloud environments.
At launch, this includes Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google
Cloud Platform, and the popular cloud native platform, Kubernetes. High
level frameworks ease the task of going multi-cloud, including the
ability to easily share code across cloud targets.

Open Package Ecosystem. Pulumi leverages existing package
managers to enable sharing and reuse. At launch, several packages are
available, including packages to get code to the cloud as fast as
possible, ensure cloud best practices are applied, and productively
create portable multi-cloud serverless and container-based apps. The
community can easily extend, share, and reuse packages in this open
ecosystem.

While in public preview, the Pulumi SaaS, which offers team and
organization management capabilities for cloud apps and infrastructure,
is free to use. Pulumi will continue to offer a free service tier after
exiting preview, in addition to Enterprise functionality for advanced
usage.

Supporting Quotes

Madrona Venture Group

“Usage of containers and serverless computing has been accelerating,
showing clear benefits to developers and enterprises, but also matched
by increasing complexity in bringing these technologies together across
a multi-cloud environment. Pulumi’s platform and suite of tools enables
developers and teams to shortcut this complexity,” said S. Somasegar,
Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. “I have had personal
experience working alongside Eric, Joe, and Luke, and know they
understand the developer community and software development deeply
making it doubly exciting for us to be a part of Pulumi.”

Tola Capital

“The new era of multi-cloud, cloud native app development means business
innovation happens through code, which depends on developer productivity
and satisfaction. Pulumi provides developers what they need for this
era, and it is with great confidence and excitement that we partner on
this journey with their incredible team,” said Sheila Gulati, Managing
Director of Tola Capital. “Having worked with Eric and Joe for more than
fifteen years, I can’t think of any founders more prescient to create
the modern development platform for the cloud. Both put the needs of the
developer community at the forefront of everything that they build. This
is a critical moment in time that we are backing Pulumi to profoundly
impact the way development and deployment can happen in the modern cloud
era.”

Supporting Links

About Pulumi

Pulumi provides a Cloud Development Platform that enables teams get
their code to the cloud quickly and simply. Pulumi provides frameworks
and libraries to build, deploy, and manage cloud services using familiar
languages, with clear collaboration for teams and enterprises to deliver
cloud native, multi-cloud capable, applications and solutions. For more,
visit http://pulumi.com
and http://twitter.com/pulumicorp

About the Founding Team

Joe Duffy, Co-Founder and CEO. Prior to founding Pulumi, Joe held
leadership roles at Microsoft in the Developer Division, Operating
Systems Group, and Microsoft Research, most recently as Director of
Engineering and Technical Strategy for Microsoft’s developer tools. In
this role, Joe led key company-wide technical initiatives, in addition
to managing the groups building the C#, C++, Visual Basic, and F#
languages, IoT, and all Visual Studio IDE, compiler, and static analysis
services. Joe created and built teams around several successful
distributed programming platforms, initiated and executed on efforts to
take .NET open source and cross-platform, and was instrumental in
Microsoft’s overall open source transformation.

Eric Rudder, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman. Prior to founding
Pulumi, Eric served in executive leadership roles at Microsoft
Corporate, including Executive Vice President of Advanced Technology,
Executive Vice President of Advanced Strategy, and Chief Technical
Strategy Officer. After joining in 1988, Eric contributed to Microsoft’s
systems development strategy across networking, operating systems and
developer tools, creating the Visual Studio product line as its General
Manager. Eric subsequently led the establishment and growth of
Microsoft’s Server and Tools business and served as Vice President of
Technical Strategy, advising Microsoft’s Chief Architect and Chairman
Bill Gates on Microsoft’s technical architecture and processes.

Luke Hoban, CTO. Prior to Pulumi, Luke held product and
engineering roles at AWS and Microsoft. At AWS, Luke led product
definition and business planning for EC2 instance families including
GPU, FPGA and T2 compute offerings. At Microsoft, Luke co-founded
TypeScript (the fastest growing development language), developed Go
support for Visual Studio Code (the most used developer tool for Go),
was part of the design teams for ECMAScript and C#, and served as
Technical Assistant to the CVP of the Developer Division contributing to
corporate strategy and execution for the developer audience.

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