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Platform9 raises additional Series-D funding led by WRVI Capital

Platform9, an SaaS Managed Kubernetes provider for private and edge clouds, has closed its Series-D funding with an additional USD12.5 million for a total of USD37.5 million. 

This round was led by WRVI Capital, with participation from all existing venture investors including NGP Capital, Mubadala Ventures, Canvas Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures.

The additional funding follows accelerated business momentum in fiscal year 2020, with outstanding YoY growth led by Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes product:

• 145 per cent growth in ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue) 
• 340 per cent increase in customer base 
• 363 per cent growth in TCV (Total Contract Value) 
• 114 per cent net revenue retention of existing customers, showing strong retention and growth within the install base

Platform9 also reported an industry-leading NPS (Net Promoter Score) of 71 and a customer satisfaction score of 99 per cent for 2020. 

The company’s Managed Kubernetes deployments have become a critical part of many large-scale and complex 5G infrastructure roll outs, hybrid cloud containers-as-a-service, and Edge use cases in the retail, media, and entertainment market segments.

“The emergence of the intelligent Edge implies that cloud implementations in the future are going to be distributed and not exclusively as hyperscale public clouds,” says Sriram Viswanathan, founding managing partner of WRVI Capital. “Cloud services and container deployments will increasingly need to be closer to where the users consume those services for better latency and user experience. Platform9, which pioneered the architectural approach to managing clouds everywhere, will now be able to offer their solutions to more enterprises through cloud-native computing.”  

“Kubernetes has become the de-facto standard for building out hybrid and edge applications. However, the journey to cloud native is fraught with complexity: developers need to understand micro-services, platform engineers need to operationalise Kubernetes, and ongoing upkeep of cloud native applications is extremely difficult,” says Sirish Raghuram, co-founder and CEO of Platform9. “We are excited to leverage the new capital to greatly simplify this challenge with our industry leading SaaS Managed Kubernetes product for edge, private, and hybrid cloud deployments.”

“By 2024, 5G is expected to handle 25 per cent of all mobile traffic, bringing flexibility at the radio layer and democratising access to ultra-fast connectivity and data-intensive applications,” says Rohini Chakravarthy, board chair at Platform9 and partner at NGP Capital. “Platform9 is building a critical SaaS platform for Kubernetes that accelerates cloud native 5G.”

“Using Platform9 is a seamless process,” says Stephen Pride, senior infrastructure engineer at Snapfish, who has been using Platform9 for more than two years. “They truly live up to their mission statement: to deliver the experience of the public cloud on any infrastructure, to any enterprise, at any scale.”

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