Last week, XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps tools, received $100 million Series B funding from Accel Partners. The investment continues a trend of major investments in the growing DevOps space, a market expected to reach $8.8 billion by 2023.
DevOps is an appealing market since today’s software industry is increasingly placing an emphasis on rapid iteration and testing. Unless you’re Apple, Inc., most companies don’t practice traditional waterfall deployment methods.
Without customers chomping at the bit for the newest version of your product, there’s no real demand for large-scale updates. Instead, companies are focusing on continuously fine-tuning their products.
As user data grows, companies can better understand how customers are using the product. Heat maps and user monitoring tools help collect that information, while companies can test new user roadmaps, features and content.
What is DevOps?
Agile development is faster and closer to the user. It’s more than a singular solution; it’s an overarching philosophy that brings teams together. Development, management and operations are traditionally siloed, but DevOps bridges the gap.
These agile processes allow collaborating teams to optimize productivity and deliver more fine-tuned solutions to end users. From a technical aspect, continuous delivery allows for rapid development, deployment and release processes. But it brings with it an inclusive culture, crossing departments and engaging employees.
The process requires multiple tools from varying software categories. On the development side, agile development utilizes all products in the Continuous Delivery category and its related subcategories to support continuous deployment, integration and build automation.
Select 2017/2018 DevOps funding list
|Funding Date||Company||Funding Amount||Investors|
|Sunday, February 11, 2018||XebiaLabs||$100,000,000||Accel Partners and Susquehanna Growth Equity|
|January 17, 2018||CircleCI||$31,000,000||Top Tier Capital Partners|
|Wednesday, January 3, 2018||AppNeta||undisclosed||Rubicon Technology Partners|
|Tuesday, December 12, 2017||BuildSupply||undisclosed||GREE Ventures and 5 other investors|
|Tuesday, November 14, 2017||Logz.io||$23,000,000||83North and 3 other investors|
|Sunday, November 5, 2017||LogDNA||$7,000,000||Initialized Capital|
|Monday, October 30, 2017||Blueprint||undisclosed||Vistara Capital Partners|
|Sunday, October 22, 2017||Blue Medora||$8,000,000||eLab Venturesand 3 other investors|
|Sunday, October 8, 2017||Gitlab||$20 million||GV|
|Wednesday, October 4, 2017||Pensa Networks||$4,000,000||March Capital Partners|
|Monday, October 2, 2017||Kuberiter||$50,000||Seed|
|Saturday, September 30, 2017||Asayer||€300,000||Seed|
|Monday, September 18, 2017||Aqua Security||$25,000,000||Lightspeed VenturePartnersand3 other investors|
|Thursday, September 14, 2017||Sparta Global||£4,000,000||Key Capital Partners|
|Thursday, August 31, 2017||Kontena||undisclosed||InReach Ventures|
|Tuesday, August 22, 2017||Skytap||$45,000,000||GoldmanSachs|
|Monday, August 21, 2017||Intelliment Security||Security||FinchCapital|
|Monday, July 31, 2017||Botmetric||$3,000,000||Ankur Jain and 10 other investors|
|Tuesday, July 4, 2017||DBmaestro||$4,500,000||iAngels and 3 otherinvestors|
|Saturday, July 1, 2017||Spotinst||$15,000,000||IntelCapital and 2 other investors|
|Monday, June 26, 2017||Codemotion||€1,500,000||Invitalia Ventures and 2 other investors|
|Sunday, June 25, 2017||Julia Computing||$910,000||Grant|
|Thursday, June 22, 2017||Julia Computing||undisclosed||MicrosoftAccelerator London|
|Sunday, June 18, 2017||Julia Computing||$4,600,000||Founder Collective and General Catalyst|
|Thursday, June 15, 2017||Caicloud||undisclosed||Microsoft Accelerator Shanghai|
|Wednesday, May 31, 2017||Evident.io||undisclosed||In-Q-Tel|
|Monday, May 8, 2017||UBiqube||undisclosed||Fortinet and 2 otherinvestors|
|Tuesday, May 2, 2017||Loom Systems||$6,000,000||31Ventures Global Innovation Fund and 2 other investors|
|April 26, 2017||OverOps||$30,000,000||Lightspeed|
|Sunday, April 16, 2017||CM FirstGroup||$1,200,000||Capital Factory and 2 other investors|
|Thursday, April 13, 2017||Tasktop||$11,300,000||AVX Partners|
|Wednesday, April 12, 2017||ClearDATA||$12,000,000||Excel Venture Management and 5 other investors|
|Tuesday, April 4, 2017||Portworx||$20,000,000||GE Ventures and 2 other investors|
|Wednesday, March 15, 2017||Levvel||$3,000,000||Unknown|
|Sunday, March 5, 2017||Caicloud||$6,000,000||Cybernaut Venture Capital and Matrix Partners China|
|Sunday, February 12, 2017||Electric Cloud||$11,000,000||Bridge Bank and Wellington Financial|
|Wednesday, February 8, 2017||Evident.io||$22,000,000||BainCapital and 3 other investors|
|Wednesday, January 25, 2017||Loom Systems||undisclosed||MicrosoftAccelerator Tel Aviv|
|Wednesday, January 25, 2017||CoScale||undisclosed||Microsoft Accelerator London|
|Tuesday, January 24, 2017||SaltStack||undisclosed||PeakVentures and Service Provider Capital|
|Sunday, January 22, 2017||Tricentis||$165,000,000||Insight Venture Partners and Wipro Ventures|
|Tuesday, January 17, 2017||Split Software||$8,000,000||Accel Partners and 2 other investors|
Select 2017/2018 DevOps acquisition list
|Acquired Company||Purchasing Company||Price||Date|
|Unitas Global||Solinea||undisclosed amount||Monday, February 5, 2018|
|CloudBees||Codeship||undisclosed amount||Tuesday, January 9, 2018|
|10th Magnitude||Northwest Cadence||undisclosed amount||Sunday, January 7, 2018|
|SolarWinds||Loggly||undisclosed amount||Monday, December 11, 2017|
|Onica||Sturdy||undisclosed amount||Thursday, November 30, 2017|
|Keywords Studio||Sperasoft||$27,000,000||Wednesday, November 29, 2017|
|AEON Learning||AcadGild||$10,000,000||Wednesday, November 8, 2017|
|Talend||Restlet||undisclosed amount||Wednesday, November 1, 2017|
|ALTEN Calsoft Labs||Premier Logic||undisclosed amount||Wednesday, October 25, 2017|
|Netrix||Ideamine||undisclosed amount||Wednesday, October 18, 2017|
|Cisco||Perspica||undisclosed amount||Tuesday, September 19, 2017|
|Puppet||Distelli||undisclosed amount||Sunday, September 17, 2017|
|ManTech||InfoZen||$180,000,000||Tuesday, September 12, 2017|
|ECS Digital||QAWorks||undisclosed amount||Monday, September 11, 2017|
|Sunayu||Fractal Technology||undisclosed amount||Thursday, August 31, 2017|
|Genium||Iceman Softworks||undisclosed amount||Wednesday, August 16, 2017|
|NetApp||Greenqloud||undisclosed amount||Wednesday, July 26, 2017|
|Tricentis||Flood.io||undisclosed amount||Sunday, June 25, 2017|
|JFrog||CloudMunch||undisclosed amount||Wednesday, May 24, 2017|
|JFrog||Dimon||undisclosed amount||Sunday, May 7, 2017|
|Deloitte||Strut Digital||undisclosed amount||Monday, April 24, 2017|
|Crossover||Engine Yard||undisclosed amount||Monday, March 20, 2017|
|HOSTING||Stelligent||undisclosed amount||Tuesday, February 28, 2017|
|Betsol||Rebit||undisclosed amount||Tuesday, February 7, 2017|
|Lightbend||OpsClarity||undisclosed amount||Tuesday, February 7, 2017|
Continuous delivery allows teams to release a project’s code at any time, making builds, tests and improvements a continuous process. Source code management systems provide many of the same benefits as CD tools, helping identify and remedy errors or security risks in original multiple of code.
The process becomes more direct and efficient. Team collaboration and agile project management tools remain a key component. With parts moving all over the place and employees working across teams, communication and accountability must be front and center.
XebiaLabs has two tools on G2 Crowd. XL Deploy is an enterprise-ready continuous deployment and release automation solution. The other is XL Release, a tool used to automate and orchestrate release pipelines. Only XL Deploy has been reviewed as of Feb. 13, 2018. Its two reviews average 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Top DevOps tools
These are the most highly rated DevOps tools in their respective categories based on user satisfaction ratings, according to G2 Crowd user reviews.
- Travis CI
- Travis CI
- Apache Maven
- Octopus Deploy
- Travis CI
- Apache Maven