French cloud platform Platform.sh has raised $ 140 million


Frédéric Plais ’group aims to promote its new product: FleetOps. A digital factory designed to industrialize up to several thousand websites in NoOps mode.

Parisian cloud platform Platform.sh is completing a new round of funding of 140 million dollars. A Series D, its value is to be commended given the context that continues to obscure the field of venture capital. The operation is conducted using three funds: the French Revaia, the German Digital + Partners and the American Morgan Stanley. This brings to $ 180 million in total private investment the company has earned since it was created in 2014. The new contribution aims to establish FleetOps, a turnkey digital factory based on the publisher’s PaaS.

We no longer show Platform.sh. Its solid point has remained the same since it started: the ability to create on the fly, thanks to a base of software containers, pre-production environments the same as the deployed application stack, down to the nearest byte . With this cloning mechanism, it is possible to launch multiple evolution projects as needed identically, including their test and acceptance stack, while guaranteeing a strictly identical rendering when placed online. If necessary, the environment allows you to revert to the previous version at any time.

9 multicloud regions

Python, PHP, Java, Go, Ruby … Platform.sh supports some of the most popular programming languages. Ditto for frameworks, with support for Symfony, Laravel, Spring, Node.js, React or Angular. On the CMS side, WordPress, Drupal, Typo3, eZ Platform and Strapi templates are offered. “We offer an immense environment”, acknowledges Frédéric Plais, CEO and co-founder of Platform.sh. “One of our main challenges today is to identify with the developer communities beyond the PHP and Python communities that were our original technologies.”

The three co-founders of Platform.sh, from left to right: Ori Pekelman (chief strategy officer), Frédéric Plais (CEO) and Damien Tournoud (CTO). © Platform.sh

In conjunction with its NoOps mode, Platform.sh offers an observability console based on technology from the acquisition of Blackfire in early 2021. A console designed to evaluate the performance of PHP, Python or Go applications. In the test phase, its profiler evaluates the script execution time as well as network memory and consumption. Everything is continuous. It identifies bottlenecks in transactions and service calls: SQL, HTTP, queues … Finally, it recommends AI -based solutions. Enough to equip a perf through design approach. Downstream, an APM tool (for monitoring application performance) measures response times and the level of demand on IT resources once the application is deployed.

On this basis, Platform.sh was able to convince Adobe to host the cloud version of Magento (Magento Commerce) on its PaaS. Same for the eZ Platform. In the same view, Platform.sh has just signed a partnership with Shopware, the German Magento.

The latest Platform.sh service: FleetOps. Based on the historical French platform, it benefits from all its advantages. Includes its multicloud hosting. Spread across nine cloud regions around the world, it runs on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Orange Flexible Cloud and OVHCloud. The philosophy of FleetOps? “A large group can have 100, 200 sites that are usually hosted and managed in different ways. With this offer, we propose to consolidate them into an innovative platform in terms of security, which with access control and efficient data localization management, not to mention global visibility across the fleet of sites or applications ”, explains Frédéric Plais.

“When a version upgrade is made to a website, FleetOps will be able to automatically copy it to 10, 100, 1,000, 2,000 other sites”

The sign of FleetOps? Industrialize application maintenance. “Once a version upgrade has been performed on a website, FleetOps will be able to automatically copy it to 10, 100, 1,000, 2,000 other sites, regardless of the language, CMS and other frameworks used”, describes Frédéric Plais. Results: significant time savings combined with economies of scale due to the integration of projects into a single provider. “FleetOps has spurred our growth over the past three years. This solution has allowed us to win larger accounts, such as Nestlé, Pinterest or Unity Technologies. Our customers rely on FleetOps to manage from one dozen sites to several thousand “, commented Frédéric Plais.

Platform.sh has 350 customers who have opted for FleetOps. Alongside these organizations, the Paris company boasts 400 agency partners that use the tool to run their clients ’websites.

The challenge of green IT

Following its D series, Platform.sh aims to strengthen its sales and marketing teams, but also continue its product developments. “We want to strengthen our presence in the communities of developers by offering everyone the right entry points to our technology, with the right examples and the right templates to get started”, emphasizes Frédéric Plais . On the R&D side, the company aims to strengthen its observability brick. Purpose: to give customers better visibility into the consumption of their infrastructure and allow them to more finely adjust the size of their software container. Another priority R&D project: edge computing, from CDN to anti-DDoS security.

Finally, French cloud plans to intensify its investments in green computing. “Green IT goes through observability and optimization of the intrinsic performance of applications. But also through the density of IT resources we offer. At equal performance, it is 12 times higher than Kubernetes on a dedicated server “, argues Frederic Pleas. By the same logic, the publisher hopes for a long time to be able to compare the carbon footprint of the data centers of the cloud providers where its PaaS is hosted. “It specifically depends on the electricity network of the country in which they are located. For example, a German data center depends 80% on gas and coal-fired power stations. This leads to an average rate of CO2 emissions of 556 grams per KWh, compared to 60 grams for France ”, said the CEO of Platform.sh. A big challenge remains for Platform.sh to produce complete green dashboards: convincing cloud providers to send it with comparable data and indicators.

With a workforce of 350 employees, Platform.sh aims to grow to 450 people by the end of the year, then to 600 employees by the end of 2023. In terms of HR, the company is 100% teleworking, and limited to a single office, based in Paris. With more than 50% growth per year, Platform.sh surpassed the symbolic bar of 40 million dollars in turnover in 2021. North America represents the majority of its activity, leading Europe, with Germany, the United Kingdom and France leading. .

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