MadeiraCloud, a new cloud management player, today announced it has raised Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. MadeiraCloud’s unique cloud management service enables drag and drop tools to allow users quickly and easily design, provision, manage and monitor cloud infrastructure resources. The company also announced full support for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).
MadeiraCloud launched its public beta last June and has already delivered value to thousands of users, from start-ups to large enterprises, and is managing more than $25 million worth of AWS resources. This is really impressive. In an interview, Daniel O’Prey, CEO and Co-Founder said that users have shortened their overall time to deployment by rapid prototyping and revisioning of their architectural designs, and saved money by managing resources as part of grouped units instead of untracked, individual nodes.
“People are sold on the cloud but overwhelmed by the sheer number of services, the many new terms and acronyms, and the resources and expertise required to get going with AWS”, said Daniel O’Prey, CEO and Co-Founder. “By providing a simple, familiar, self-service interface we’re saving them significant time and money and enabling organizations of all sizes to make the transition smoothly.”
Interesting is the perception of first drawing the cloud topology with the MadeiraCloud ”visio board” and in “a single click” create a request to actually create it. Currently MadeiraCloud supports AWS cloud main EC2 components including instances, elastic load balancer (ELB), Elastic IP, Instances tags, EBS, etc. MadeiraCloud is in beta and completely free in this stage.
Peng Zhao, CTO and Co-Founder added, “When people think about their AWS architecture they imagine these topology diagrams, but the initial diagrams they used to architect the application quickly become out of date and new team members have to figure our how the old applications were configured. Now that information is always a second away.”
Following Amazon cloud “Default VPCs for Everyone” the MadeiraCloud team recently released new visual capabilities for AWS Cloud VPC. Using the new tools, MadeiraCloud users can simply drag and drop subnets, route tables, elastic network interfaces, and more to a canvas and provision that to a real running environment with a single click.
With the new funding, MadeiraCloud will continue to enhance its Visual Cloud Management Platform by expanding the development team and establishing a sales and marketing office in San Francisco. In addition, MadeiraCloud will expand to provide more comprehensive support for mobile and tablet users.
[Disclosure: I am a Vice President at Newvem who partnered recently with MadeiraCloud to support both users cloud optimization cycles and efficient cloud usage].