Today Render formally launched with the easiest cloud platform for developers and startups to host all their apps and websites in just a few clicks. The cloud platform has grown 10 percent week-over-week since January of this year and is now serving more than 50 million requests every week. Early access customers include hundreds of developers and startups like 99designs and Indie Hackers by Stripe. As part of today’s announcement, Render announced that it has raised $2.25 million in seed funding from General Catalyst and the South Park Commons Fund.
When it comes to hosting applications in the cloud, developers and startups have traditionally had to pick between large cloud infrastructure providers like AWS which are prohibitively complex and difficult to use or inflexible Platform-as-a-Service solutions like Heroku which are expensive and hard to scale. Render offers an innovative alternative that its customers love.
CUSTOMERS ON RENDER
* Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever: “Render has worked great for us
for getting new projects online quickly. The team is extremely responsive, and their platform has scaled well with the growth of one of our products.”
* Stripe’s first employee Darragh Buckley: “I love, love, love Render. I was talking to friends about AWS last night, and I’d forgotten just how much time I wasted managing AWS, hacking together my own deploys, and so, so much waiting. Thanks, thanks, thanks!”
* Indie Hackers founder Courtland Allen: “We moved Indie Hackers from AWS to Render and eliminated a lot of infrastructure complexity as a result. The site is significantly faster, our operating costs are much lower, and indie hackers are much happier, all because of Render.”
* Key Values founder Lynne Tye: “I was reluctant to move Key Values from Heroku, but was told that my site would run faster on Render. It took all of two minutes to switch and now Key Values is so much faster. Render is one to watch.”
* Checkr engineer Sean McCann: “Moving from Heroku to Render reduced my hosting bill by 80%, and my sites and databases are even faster.”
Render gives developers and startups the best of both worlds: instant setup and incredible ease of use, coupled with the power and flexibility previously afforded only by large cloud providers. It has done this by creating an intuitive hosting platform that requires zero knowledge of servers and infrastructure, and combining it with powerful containerization technology which enables customization, cost reduction, and reliability at scale.
This is evident in the range of fully managed services developers can host on Render: from simple React websites and Rails apps to complex applications like Kafka and Spark, Render makes it remarkably easy to deploy everything developers and startups need to build and scale their products. All services on Render get free automatic SSL through Let’s Encrypt, built-in health checks, zero downtime deploys, and the ability to preview changes live before deploying them to production. Render also offers one of the most affordable managed database services in the industry, complete with one-click creation and automated daily backups.
“We’re laser focused on making it exceptionally easy and quick for our users to share their creations with the world, and this is evident in how much they love using Render. Hosting with large cloud providers like AWS remains complex and tedious for most developers, and platform like Heroku fail to scale as an application grows. We’re committed to building not just the easiest but also the most flexible cloud that can power complex workloads at scale, freeing up developers and teams from managing infrastructure and ultimately improving all software,” said Anurag Goel, founder and CEO of Render. Goel was previously Head of Risk at Stripe where he helped the company launch and grow to $5 billion in valuation.
INVESTORS ON RENDER
Steve Herrod, Managing Director at General Catalyst and former CTO of VMware, said “Render is building the logical next step to cloud infrastructure – making it disappear! Application developers clearly want to focus on the functionality and usability of their work, and not on server setup, deployment, and scaling. Render is enabling exactly this focus and that’s why early developer users love it so much.”
Ruchi Sanghvi, Founder of the South Park Commons, said “Render is South Park Commons’ first investment and we couldn’t be more bullish on this company. They have the easiest cloud that inspires tremendous user loyalty, and I see it firsthand in the Commons community every day. Our members are technologists, tinkerers and entrepreneurs, and they all love using Render as they explore ideas. I’ve been blown away by the incredible progress Render’s team has made so far, how skillfully they’ve incorporated feedback into the product, and the game-changing innovations they have in the pipeline. We firmly believe Render will completely transform how we deploy and run applications in the cloud.”