- Render raises another $4.5M seed from investors
- It won the Disrupt Startup Battlefield in 2019
- Render provides an alternative and easy cloud platform for developers
- The latest preview environment features real-time updates to the environment
Render, a company that calls itself a “Zero DevOps alternative to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud,” has raised $4.5 million in a seed funding round. It originally had raised a $2.5 million seed round back in April 2019. The company has also won the Disrupt SF 2019 Startup Battlefield, where it competed against 20 other startups.
The funding round was led by General Catalyst, followed by investors from South Park Commons Fund. It was also supported by angel investors like Lee Fixel, Elad Gil, and Jason Warner (GitHub CTO). Companies that are using Render comprise Mux, Bloomscape, Zelos, 99designs, Cypress.io, and Stripe. The company aims to raise a larger Series A round next year. The current funding will be used to grow its team and build its services.
What is Render?
Render has developed a managed cloud platform and aims to provide an alternative to the traditional cloud providers. These cloud providers include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Render provides an innovative public cloud alternative to developers, so they do not have to spend weeks on maintaining their homegrown versions. It offers both an instant setup and an incredible ease of use to its consumers. It encapsulates the power and flexibility that was offered by large cloud providers only.
Render’s Hosting Program
Render’s intuitive hosting program requires zero knowledge of servers and infrastructure. It brings a powerful containerization technology which enables reliability, customization, and cost reduction on a large scale.
Another highlight of Render is that it fulfills its promise to consumers by managing most of the tasks. Render manages the infrastructure and deploying process. They only need to explain what kind of service is to be deployed.
The latest feature that automatically previews the environment enables users to generate a complete replica of their production infrastructure for pull requests. This will enable developers to test collaboratively with QA, product, and sales teams. And, in turn, facilitate faster shipping of software with fewer bugs.
Developers need to specify their infrastructure environments in a YAML file to preview environments. This new preview environment feature will be as easy as setting a flag in that file. With every change in branch to push or a pull request, the environment will automatically be updated. Render will also destroy those environments automatically once the pull request is closed or merged.