Gravity: Distributed Application Delivery with Ev Kontsevoy

Modern applications are distributed systems. These applications require an installation mechanism that can run and update the software across multiple nodes. 

When a SaaS company starts to work with large enterprise customers, that company needs to figure out a way to deliver their product to the enterprise. This requires the SaaS company to deploy the product to whatever infrastructure the enterprise is running.

Some enterprises use on-prem infrastructure. Some use AWS. Some use a variety of cloud providers and on-premise servers. A SaaS company with limited resources must be able to have a standard deployment model that satisfies all of these different use cases.

Ev Kontsevoy is the CEO of Gravitational, a company that builds software for application delivery. Ev’s company maintains Gravity, an open source tool for application imaging and delivery. Ev was also the founder of Mailgun, a popular email API service. Mailgun was acquired by Rackspace, and in his time running Mailgun, Ev became deeply aware of the problems faced by developers and operators who manage server infrastructure.

Ev joins the show to discuss his experience building companies and the state of modern infrastructure. Full disclosure: Gravitational is a sponsor of Software Engineering Daily.

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