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Anchore, Inc. Brings Transparency and Predictability to Containers

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Anchore, Inc., based in Santa Barbara, CA, announced today the launch of the company and its beta program for users working with containers at every stage of the application lifecycle. Users can sign up for the Anchore beta program now with an expected availability in Q2 of 2016.

The Anchore software-as-a-service platform (SaaS) provides tools to vet, certify, inspect, and synchronize container contents. Through a common portal, application developers can select verified containers from a curated registry and ensure the right containers get deployed in the right places. This centralized interface will be used for compatibility verification, vulnerability scanning, and other inspection and synchronization tasks.

Anchore is the brainchild of co-founders Saïd Ziouani, CEO, Dan Nurmi, CTO, and Tim Gerla, Head of Products. Nurmi was a co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems, Inc., the popular open source private cloud platform. Saïd and Tim were founders of Ansible, Inc., the popular enterprise IT automation solution that opened its doors in 2013 and was acquired by Red Hat in Oct. 2015. 

"Containers give developers a way to quickly and efficiently test and deliver applications," said Saïd Ziouani. "Once containers begin moving through QA, acceptance and deployment processes, it becomes easy to lose track of provenance and compatibility information. Anchore gives users tools and resources to have full visibility of the 'chain of custody' as containers move through the development lifecycle, while providing the visibility, predictability, and assurance needed for production deployment."

The company starts up with over $2M in seed funding from Doug Carlisle, managing director of Menlo Ventures and Andreas von Blottnitz, managing director of e-Ventures. Both are Anchore board members and were also Ansible Inc. investors. "There is an incredible opportunity in the container technology space, underscored by the broad industry backing we're seeing," said Doug Carlisle. "The right market timing combined with the unique strength of the founding team in both technology and in business, make me a strong believer in Anchore".

Compatible with public container registries such as DockerHub, Anchore will interact with container platforms, including Kubernetes, Mesos, CoreOS, ECS, and Google Container Engine. Anchore is not a "single-pane-of-glass" interface for all container management tasks, but is focused on providing certification and visibility into container contents for all stakeholders in a container-based application environment.

"Anchore technology is being designed to allow users to fully realize the benefits of container-based production systems, while at the same time allowing them to choose the latest, best technology that fits their particular needs," said Daniel Nurmi. "Our tools and infrastructure aim to provide users a high level of transparency, control, and visibility into the contents of their containers, giving organizations the confidence required to fully take advantage of containers from development to production."

Published Wednesday, April 06, 2016 10:05 AM by David Marshall
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