CloudQuery Launches with $3.5 Million Seed Funding From boldstart ventures to Solve Developers’ Cloud Infrastructure Visibility Problem

11/11/2021, 4:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CloudQuery, a startup giving developers better visibility into their cloud infrastructure assets and configuration, today announced that it has closed a $3.5 million seed funding round led by boldstart ventures, with participation from Work-Bench, Mango Capital and Haystack.

As cloud infrastructure providers and service catalogues have grown, the burden on developer workflow has been ever more custom scripts, hacking and hassle for developers to get the insights they need over their sprawling cloud infrastructure. Each cloud provider has its own proprietary tooling for infrastructure visibility -- AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Azure Cloud Discovery, Google Cloud Asset -- each with its own learning curve, and each siloed within that single cloud provider environment.

CloudQuery -- born as an open source project nine months ago -- is the first tool that allows developers to aggregate all of their cloud assets in a single relational database, where they can query their inventory with a common SQL query language, and a pre-supported library of cloud infrastructure providers that keeps growing through community contributions. In the short time since its introduction as an open source project, CloudQuery has already secured more than 1.8k stars on GitHub and more than 40 contributors; major users including Bloomberg, CloudBees, Salesforce and Zendesk; and seven integrations that have been contributed back to the project by the community, including recent integrations contributed and maintained by Yandex Cloud and Equinix.

“The amount of Python scripts that people had to write to substitute for a tool like this is kind of ridiculous. So I think it’s got a great future ahead of it,” said Salesforce Lead Security Engineer Kinnaird McQuade in a recent CloudQuery Demo on the OWASP DevSlop YouTube show.

“A burning pain that we constantly hear about from developers is handling increasing infrastructure sprawl, especially as cloud assets grow,” said Shomik Ghosh at boldstart ventures. “When we first met Yevgeny and Ron, we were blown away by the early developer love and meaningful contributions that we saw from developers using the open source project from various companies. CloudQuery has built a dev-friendly way for users to gain an understanding of their cloud infrastructure through an easy to use relational database that can handle a variety of use cases, from security and compliance to infrastructure cost savings and asset inventory.”

After his previous DevSecOps startup, Fuzzit, was acquired by GitLab, CloudQuery founder Yevgeny Pats saw that cloud infrastructure visibility was a major constraint for developers. He saw an opportunity for a better way to unify cloud infrastructure data in a relational model, and then to expose that data with SQL as the query language. And he envisioned a Terraform-style open source community model that would allow developers to collectively contribute and benefit from contributed cloud providers and queries submitted through a pluggable architecture and software development kit (SDK).

“With cloud infrastructure, developers too often find themselves blind about what their assets are and what they are managing,” said Pats. “They only get spotlights on small parts of their infrastructure, and spend a lot of cycles writing manual scripts for specific APIs, doing transformations, and managing code. The vision for CloudQuery is ‘dev-first’ visibility into infrastructure. That means continuous extract, transform load (ETL) of your cloud infrastructure assets into a relational database, a simplified SQL query model that lets you ask all the questions you need to know for your use cases, and a vibrant community of contributors that lets you tap into pre-supported cloud providers and queries, so you don’t have to build everything from scratch yourself.”

All Your Cloud Infrastructure Data, Normalized (ETL) and SQL-Queryable

CloudQuery integrates with the world’s most popular cloud service providers, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. CloudQuery fetches read-only data and normalizes that data (via ETL) into a relational database. By exposing cloud infrastructure data as SQL-queryable, CloudQuery does not require mastering new DSLs. And the project boasts more than 100 pre-written queries for all of the cloud providers that it supports, so developers enjoy a running start for all of the common queries they have of their cloud assets - but CloudQuery makes it easy to build custom queries too.

Open Source, Pluggable Architecture and SDK that’s Community-Friendly

With CloudQuery’s pluggable architecture and SDK, users get access not only to the most popular cloud service providers, but a growing collection of other technologies that users and vendors are contributing to the project, including Digital Ocean, Kubernetes, Okta, Terraform, Yandex Cloud and many more coming soon.

Deep Support for Security Engineering Use Cases
While CloudQuery was designed to solve cloud infrastructure discovery for developers across broad use cases, the platform today ships with deep support for specific security engineering use cases as well. CloudQuery Policies bring policy-as-code to the CloudQuery ecosystem, which allows users to codify, version and run security, governance, cost and compliance rules, using SQL as the query layer and HCL as the logic layer. “CloudQuery transforms your cloud infrastructure into queryable SQL for easy monitoring, governance and security,” said Zak Scholl, Senior Security Analyst at Zendesk, in a recent CloudQuery review.

Sign Up for Early Access to Our Sandbox
CloudQuery is an open source software startup that will be expanding the features and capabilities of the open source project, with new enterprise-grade options in coming months. To register for the early-access program, sign up at: https://www.cloudquery.io/

About boldstart ventures
boldstart ventures is a day one partner and true believer for developer first and SaaS founders. We collaborate with technical founders well before company creation, lead pre-product rounds at inception, and rally our developer-first and SaaS network to help turn bold ideas into category-creating iconic companies. We’ve been in the trenches with Snyk, Kustomer, BigID, Superhuman, env0, Harbr, Blockdaemon, Jeli (and so many more) from day one. See more about us and our full portfolio @ www.boldstart.vc and @boldstartvc

About CloudQuery
CloudQuery’s mission is to simplify cloud infrastructure visibility for developers. Cloud infrastructure should be transparent, qeuryable by a common language (SQL) that every developer knows, with a thriving community of users and cloud providers expanding common queries so that we can all help each other eliminate the pain of cloud sprawl in the developer workflow. For more information visit https://www.cloudquery.io/ or follow https://twitter.com/cloudqueryio.

EDITORIAL CONTACT
Lonn Johnston for CloudQuery
lonn@flak42.com
+1.650.219.7764


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