Startup appOrbit Emerges from Stealth, Repurposes Legacy Apps

appOrbit enables enterprises to create new applications and migrate legacy apps to any cloud, container or microservice--without code changes.

Application management newcomer appOrbit (lower-case “a” is correct), started up by former IBM and VMware engineers, came out of stealth June 26 brandishing a new container-based platform that it claims can automate the modeling, delivery and management of enterprise software onto any modern infrastructure.

The 3-year-old San Jose, Calif.-based startup says its runtime environment can repurpose virtually any application to run in a new-gen server environment and test and deploy them through DevOps processes.

appOrbit says it speeds up the movement of legacy applications, such as Siebel and Oracle, to any cloud or container infrastructure. At the same time it provides a framework for building, deploying and managing new microservices-based applications that are movable to any infrastructure.

That's one way to meld old IT and new IT—and no code changes are necessary, the company said.

By freeing enterprise applications from underlying dependencies, users ostensibly can speed up release cycles, improve quality and save substantial money in IT spend—capital that can be applied to net-new innovation, the company said. More than 20 customers already use appOrbit, the company said; the June 26 launch follows a Series A funding round last year led by Kleiner Perkins and joined by Costanoa Ventures.

Current clients include Ericsson, a global information, technology, and communications leader; Infosys, a global leader in technology services and consulting; and KPIT Technologies, a global technology company that specializes in providing IT consulting and product engineering solutions and services.

"We founded appOrbit with the vision to simplify the holistic management of applications,  regardless of whether three-tier or microservice, cloud-native or legacy enterprise, across any cloud," co-founder and CEO Rahul Ravulur said.

"All applications should be on-demand, self-healing, scalable, composable, secure and completely portable to any environment, not the hard-to-update monoliths trapped on a single infrastructure they are today. Our early customer success is a testament to appOrbit's ability to improve the way organizations manage and modernize their applications."

The appOrbit platform is available now.

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