Docker Nabs $40 Million To Drive Distributed Apps Platform

While it's only a year-and-a-half old, Docker appears poised for big things in the world of distributed applications, and the company just scored $40 million in new funding to prove it. The San Francisco-based startup raised the series C funding with the help of Sequoia Capital, just nine months after it closed $15 million in funding led by Greylock Partners.

Since launching in March 2013, Docker has seen adoption of its platform expand rapidly. Docker's open-source, containerized platform allows developers to build, test and deploy applications in a virtual, distributed environment. This approach enables developers to run multiple applications independently of one another on a single Linux operating system, which reduces server workloads and speeds up deployments.

In addition to investing in Docker, Sequoia is also bringing an industry veteran, Bill Coughran, to Docker's board.

"Big businesses are being built by making accessible to all the transformative technologies championed by Web-scale companies, and Docker is one of the most promising leaders of this movement," said Coughran, who was a senior vice president of engineering at Google before joining Sequoia. "The velocity at which the Docker team has innovated on product and grown its community is staggering -- in 18 months they've accomplished what many leading companies take years to build."

Accelerating Code-Build-Test

We reached out to David Messina, Docker's vice president of marketing, to learn more about the company's meteoric growth.

"One of our core principals of value is how (the Docker platform) dramatically accelerates the code-build-test cycle," Messina said. "That's a tremendous boon to productivity. We have already seen it spread like wildfire."

Web-focused companies like online retailer Gilt, software analytics company New Relic and Russian search provider Yandex have been among the first wave of users to adopt Docker's platform to accelerate their development of new applications.

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