Joyent Secures $15M to Build and Scale Container­-Driven Cloud Infrastructure

Pioneers in Container­-Based, OS Virtualization Will Enable Docker Application Containers to Run on Bare Metal with Enterprise­-Grade Security, Performance and Efficiency.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. —­­ (October 31, 2014) ­­— Joyent, Inc.,the container infrastructure company, today announced thatit raised $15 million in funding to accelerate the adoption of applicationcontainers in the enterprise. Existing investors Intel Capital, Orascom TMTInvestments, El Dorado Ventures, EPIC Ventures, LGI Ventures and othersparticipated in the round.

Application containers allow developers and system administrators to buildportable applications that can be deployed virtually anywhere. Unlike virtualmachines, which require a dedicated operating system for each instance,application containers leverage OS virtualization to run directly on hardware,resulting in streamlined, efficient infrastructure. Though container­-mania onlysurfaced widely in the past year thanks to Docker and its emerging ecosystem,Joyent has championed container-based, OS­-level virtualization as a foundingprinciple of its technology stack since 2005.

Today Joyent's customers run their mission­-critical applications acrossthousands of infrastructure containers in the Joyent Public Cloud and some ofthe world's most recognizable companies leverage Joyent's private cloud softwaresolution, SmartDataCenter, to manage their internal, container-based privateclouds.

"Our customers are rapidly adopting Docker to create application containers, andthey are seeking to use this new technology on Joyent's proven infrastructurecontainers," said Scott Hammond, CEO, Joyent. "We believe that this specificcombination of application containers and infrastructure containers willcompletely disrupt the data center and transform how business applications arebuilt and delivered. This recent round of funding will enable us to aggressivelybuild out our integration and support for Docker."

"Just as virtual machines replaced individual servers, we believe there will beanother ten-­to-­one consolidation in the data center thanks to containers,"said Bryan Cantrill, CTO, Joyent. "For Joyent, this is not a new belief; we havenearly a decade of experience running infrastructure containers securely inproduction ­­- and we now have the opportunity to apply that hard­ won expertiseby helping enterprises understand how to build, deploy and orchestrate theirmission­-critical application containers with enterprise-grade security,performance and efficiency."

"Joyent has always seen the world differently," said Charles Beeler, partner atEl Dorado Ventures. "From the beginning Joyent set out to solve some of thebiggest problems in cloud computing through the lens of the developer. Theirsolutions aren't iterative; they are built from the start specifically toaddress the biggest pain points of today's developers. Containers will transformthe data center, but they'll also completely change the way developers work."

About Joyent

Joyent is the high-performance container infrastructure company for public andprivate clouds. We have the only production-grade stack proven to deliver baremetal performance, security, persistence, enterprise-grade networking, andweb­-scale economics to run Docker containers. Joyent is the steward of Node.js,the open source server-­side JavaScript project that provides developers andenterprises with the most powerful runtime for developing data­-intensive,real­-time apps. For more information visit


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