Zero devops cloud platform releases new features and public API


Causea San Francisco-based “zero devops cloud platform” that automates cloud infrastructure and helps customers avoid overly complex cloud offerings and wasteful devops spend, has released three new features and a public API.

With this new offering, Render claims that anyone can build a fast, secure and scalable website or API with just a line of code. The company also claims that its customers can now build feature-rich multi-tenant cloud platforms like Shopify or Squarespace in just days rather than months.

Anurag Goel, founder and CEO of Render, told VentureBeat via email that the core of the business revolves around automating tasks that typically require large teams of devops engineers working on cloud providers like AWS and GCP. Goel said these include routine tasks such as fetching code from GitHub, building, deploying, monitoring in real-time, and scaling on demand.

“With this we create a whole new abstraction for cloud infrastructure: with something like AWS you can run a virtual machine with an API call, but you still need to install application dependencies, configure security groups, IAM, SSL, security updates and more. In contrast, Render customers can launch full-fledged services without managing servers or virtual machines,” the company said in a press release.

Goel explained that Render’s platform is a general purpose compute platform that allows customers to deploy complex applications and data stacks without the involvement of a devops team. This enables enterprise data science and engineering teams to act faster and focus on the actual data rather than the underlying infrastructure.

Advances in Cloud Infrastructure

Render claims it promotes cloud infrastructure in an easy-to-use manner – allowing customers to build platforms at the click of a button without any devops expertise. The company explained that some examples of what its platform can do for its customers include HTTP/3, private networking, persistent disk storage, native CPU and memory-based autoscaling, zero-downtime deployments, industry-leading DDoS protection, automatic staging and development environments and infrastructure. -as code.

According to Goel, Render is the first platform-as-a-service to offer built-in DDoS protection. As DDoS attacks continue to increase in complexity, volume and frequency, they threaten the network security of even the smallest enterprises. Gartner. Building DDoS security is typically time-consuming and an expensive undertaking that requires in-depth expertise that few engineers have. Goel noted that this is why DDoS protection for free is prioritized by every Render hosted service.

Two of these important services include the following:

Redis: A cache, a queue, a subserver, a real-time stream processor, and a database all in one. However, managing and scaling Redis in production is time-consuming, complex, and exactly the kind of undifferentiated devops work Render automates. Render-managed Redis allows developers to focus on using Redis effectively without worrying about reliability or scalability. SSH: While this is the most well-known mechanism for securely connecting to remote machines, Goel said managing SSH servers is complex. SSH server management includes manually copying SSH keys, keeping them up to date, configuring firewalls and ports, and protection against abuse. Render says its Render is SSH fully managed and needs no administration – managing keys, security and connections automatically. The company says Render SSH also allows developers to use a trusted interface to connect to their cloud applications instead of cloud-specific command line interfaces (CLIs).

Improve cloud hosting accessibility

Render claims that with every new feature it makes cloud hosting more accessible and more powerful.

“Redis, SSH, and DDoS protection are critical components of most software stacks, and our goal with core features like these is to help existing customers grow on Render without restrictions. At the same time, we spoke to hundreds of existing Heroku customers who want to move to Render and need features like Redis or SSH to make the switch. We expect many longtime Heroku users to make the switch with this launch,” the company said in a statement.

Render’s new public API will enable a new generation of content management systems, site builders and open source projects to offer cloud hosting to their customers, Goel said.

“For example, instead of building a devops team to manage infrastructure on AWS, the next major ecommerce company could use Render’s API to create storefronts for customers in just a few API calls. Likewise, many site builders like HelpSite are already using Render’s under the hood API to offer fully managed hosting to their customers,” he added.

He also said that fast-growing open source projects like Dagster and Strapi can now use Render to build (or complement) their managed cloud offerings — all without an army of devops engineers.

General players in space

While Render claims its automation, performance and flexibility sets it apart from other players in the industry. The market players fall into two categories, Goel said: infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers such as the big three clouds AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform; and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers such as Heroku.

Render claims it differentiates itself from other IaaS providers because it automates devops and targets startups and medium-sized businesses that don’t already have devops engineers. However, Goel said that IaaS platforms force customers to perform repetitive and error-prone devops work and target enterprise organizations with huge devops teams.

Furthermore, the company says it distinguishes itself from existing PaaS providers by offering more performance and flexibility at a competitive price.

“A simple example: Heroku does not support workloads that require more than 14 GB of memory, while workloads on Render can consume more than 512 GB. We will continue to build features to help businesses grow on Render and stay on the platform without being forced to migrate to IaaS providers due to functionality and cost,” said Goel.

Render’s AI and ML capabilities

Render says its clients run complex ML and data processing workloads in a few primary ways:

Creating one-time data processing tasks using our public API.Use PostgreSQL read replicas to run expensive queries that cannot be run on production databases.Use the built-in CPU and memory-based autoscaling to launch hundreds of parallel background workers for distributed computing .

The company says it plans to make it even easier to host AI and ML workloads on Render by introducing compute-optimized and GPU instances for both training and inference workloads. The company cited Goel’s experience building Crestle, the first serverless Jupyter notebook provider backed by GPU instances, as the basis for this plan.

Previous and upcoming milestones to expect

Cause announced $20 million in new funding as part of the Series A round in late November 2021. The company says it will launch new hosting regions, especially in APAC, and more products and features to help its Heroku customers migrate to Render even faster .

Render’s workforce is approaching 40 and the company expects to double that number in the coming year. Some of Render’s clients include startups such as Clearbit, Mux, NEAR, and public companies such as Anker.

The company has raised $26.8 million so far.

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