Accelerating Digital Transformation on Kubernetes: our investment in Entando

August 3rd, 2021

We are excited to lead the $11 million funding round of Entando, the micro frontend platform for building enterprise web applications on Kubernetes. The funding will drive the continued development of Entando’s community and accelerate its expansion and growth globally, scaling awareness, channel, and operations. Entando is the first company entering the portfolio of United Ventures’ UV T-Growth fund – our Fabio Pirovano explains below why they are a game-changing team and why we decided to back them.

In the enterprise world that keeps digitalizing, evolving and embracing new technology solutions and architectures, the role of the developer is changing rapidly, getting closer to business and becoming first time accountable for overall operational excellence and time-to-production. 

The challenge is that the volume and velocity of changes going into DevOps today are enormous. Containers have become the de facto compute units of modern cloud-native applications and Kubernetes (K8s) the leading open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services, facilitating both declarative configuration and automation. 

Despite the benefits of such a modularized development approach and the increasing adoption of Kubernetes among businesses, running many application containers at scale is tough because a more granular application composed of many parts is an inherently bigger total estate to oversee, monitor, track for application version, deliver upgrades to and map out in terms of component location. All of this is hindering K8s adoption not really solving the developers’ dilemma to spend less time worrying about deploying containers and more time building applications that can deliver tangible value to the business. 

Entando’s open-source modular application platform for Kubernetes simplifies and accelerates tech stack development and maintenance, offering to enterprises the opportunity to innovate faster and develop exceptional user experiences by bringing leading-edge tools and architectures like cloud-native development, containers, and micro frontends to help developers build applications that are truly modern and agile. Leveraging Entando’s platform, corporates may develop in teams, use low code to assemble components, reuse applications built with micro frontends and microservices, accelerate component updates and automate deploy to K8s, removing major operational bottlenecks and optimizing time-to-production. 

The concept of modularity and components orchestration to foster innovation has been recently predicted by Gartner, that highlights as a must for enterprises being able to transform various aspects of business and processes into modular elements that can be easily assembled and reassembled for business value, driven and orchestrated by packaged business capabilities (PBC), inter alias encapsulated software components that represent a well-defined business capability, recognizable as such by a business user. 

“One sunny day, Entando’s founders took a hike to see the wild horses of Giara di Gesturi in Sardinia. And as they hiked, they discussed the trends in enterprise software such as Linux containers, Kubernetes, and the need to simplify how modular front-end architectures are built. It was during that hike that they determined to build what’s next. Entando can be translated from the Sardinian root to mean what’s next. Entando is now a worldwide team focused on reducing the complexity and runtime costs for enterprise applications.”

Entando was built to break digital barriers by making complex things easier. This is the Entando vision: transform the way enterprises build applications by empowering collaboration between business and IT to create the best digital experience possible. We are excited to be a part of this important mission and we are looking forward to supporting Walter Ambu, Claudio Ambu, Paul Hinz, Stacie Pirrone and the broader Entando team in the journey ahead.

Press Release (ITAENG)

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