Enterprise adoption of container platforms remains slow at best, especially for larger organizations that are tied to a lot of legacy systems. Evolute bridges that gap with an automated container platform that removes concerns over networking, security, and reliability.
Evolute Founder and CEO Kristopher Francisco said the platform was needed as large enterprises continue to push off container adoption. This is because they don’t want to deal with the complexity of migrating those legacy applications.
“Enterprises don’t really care about containers, they are most focused on streamlining operations,” Francisco said. “But they also know that if they want to achieve greater operating efficiency they need to adopt containers.”
Evolute’s platform uses automation to support the rapid deployment and management of legacy applications into a container environment. Francisco said the company can take any application an enterprise is currently supporting and migrate it into a container environment. “We are able to get them closer to that microservices architecture by simply carving up their application and automating the migration process,” he said.
The migration process includes identification of the assets to be moved. Francisco noted that this was part of the “carving” process in that only the assets needed to operate the application in a container environment are part of the migration process. He added that this was one of the company’s main differentiators in that it can “get so razor sharp on the code.”
“This allows for a smaller artifact and runtime is more efficient than other migration tools out there,” Francisco said. Those assets are then run through an automated process that classifies, configures, containerizes, and then commits those assets to their new home.
Security is tackled through the use of authentication for all Linux containers, which includes a unique IP address for each container. Evolute also targets authentication for each Layer 3 kernel interaction.
Evolute is not the only company that is looking to boost enterprise adoption of containers. Most of the large cloud providers have platforms in place targeted at the process, while other large vendors like Docker Inc., Red Hat, and Cisco have similar programs in their offerings.
Francisco said Evolute is different from those efforts in that it uses an internally developed platform specifically targeted at this enterprise pain point. “We are not just taking a bunch of open source tools to make things happen,” he explained. “We make the artifacts very dense and more resilient. This allows them to scale better and also allows for better runtime efficiency.”
Yes, That Chevron
Silicon Valley-based Evolute was started in 2015. It has so far generated $500,000 in seed funding from Right Side Capital Management and Alchemist Accelerator. It has also been working with Chevron Technology Venture’s Catalyst Program, which is designed to support early-stage technology companies working in smart oil fields, advanced materials, and other core software and systems technology. That program was launched last year with an initial focus on promoting technology innovation in the Houston area and “beyond.”
Francisco noted that while Chevron was not officially using Evolute’s platform internally, “they wouldn’t bring us in if they weren’t going to use it.”