Fugue Emerges to Solve Complexity of Operating at Scale in the Cloud
August 09, 2016

Fugue announced today the availability of its cloud-native solution for fully automating the deployment, operations and enforcement of cloud infrastructure at scale.

Enterprises are moving to the cloud to increase competitiveness and efficiency. However, complexity explodes in the cloud, and achieving those goals is challenging, as most DevOps teams today are forced to manually stitch together disparate tool sets. Fugue tackles this complexity with a cohesive system that allows DevOps professionals to define infrastructure upfront, leverage a runtime component to ensure that all cloud resources remain consistent with that definition, and automatically correct configuration drift. Furthermore, Fugue eliminates wasteful and error-prone cloud maintenance burdens that slow innovation and increase compliance and security risks. As the technological gateway that unlocks the power of the cloud, Fugue helps businesses achieve digital transformation and competitive advantage goals.

“Fugue has the right approach to managing cloud complexity, with a general-purpose system that offers the flexibility and extensibility needed to equip enterprises to handle both current challenges and future paradigms as cloud computing rapidly evolves,” said Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, at Ovum.

The Fugue leadership team includes veterans in product design and management, cloud-based solutions deployment and architecture, and national security and defense. With decades of experience launching products and services and guiding enterprise development, the team has advanced cloud computing growth for organizations like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apple, EMC and AOL.

“Fugue is an enabling technology that has the power to accelerate cloud adoption and radically simplify management of existing cloud workloads at scale,” explained Fugue Co-founder and CEO Josh Stella. “Our team’s goal is to position Fugue as the foundational layer for the cloud-native phase of cloud computing, enabling organizations to achieve the agility, efficiency and control they need to compete in today’s marketplace.”

Fugue has raised a total of $34MM over four rounds–most recently, a $20MM Series C in December 2015, led by New Enterprise Associates. Other investors include the Maryland Venture Fund and Core Capital Partners.

Fugue's Technical and Management Team:

Josh Stella – Co-founder and CEO. Stella has served as a CTO for a prior startup and in numerous other technical and leadership roles over the last 25 years. Prior to Fugue, he was a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, where he learned that all cloud customers run into a wall of complexity once they scale.

Stephen Benedict – VP of Product. Benedict leads product management for Fugue, working to fully realize the vision of a true operating system for the cloud. Previously, he served as COO of a technology-enabled services company and held product, platform and partner management roles at AOL and technical leadership roles at Apple.

Gus Bessalel – CFO. Bessalel is a seasoned startup executive and former Inc. 500 CEO with more than 30 years of business experience. During those decades, he has been starting, growing, investing in and advising early-stage ventures in a wide variety of industries.

Mandy Dhaliwal Rao – CMO. Dhaliwal Rao is a B2B technology marketing veteran with a Silicon Valley pedigree. During the course of her career, she has held several senior leadership positions, driving top-line growth and orchestrating strategic partnerships at startups and publicly traded companies such as Legato, EMC and SOASTA.

Jim Hoppe – Chief Operating Officer. Hoppe leads Fugue’s go-to-market strategy and operations, including global sales, channels and alliances, and all aspects of customer success and support. His 24 years of leadership experience began as an officer in the U.S. Navy and include management positions at Legato, EMC, HP and AtHoc.

Tim Webb – Chief Strategy Officer. Webb has made significant contributions to both new business creation and national security affairs over a 30-year career. He has helped Fugue with financing, operations and team building. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Heather Wiley – Chief People Officer (CPO). Wiley stresses the need for people and companies to come together to create the best workplace possible. Prior to joining Fugue, she held HR leadership roles at Sourcefire, Inc., The Hartford and Citrix Systems.

Denison Wright – VP of Engineering. Wright brings more than 17 years of software product development experience and leadership in organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, prior to Fugue, he was a member of Blackboard’s Learn product leadership team.

Delivering Control at the Speed of DevOps

“Tools designed for yesterday’s IT needs struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of cloud infrastructure service innovation,” Stella added. Fugue cloud deployment and infrastructure automation software validates infrastructure as code–and policy as code–in design time with Fugue Compositions. The Fugue Conductor then enforces cloud operations, compliance and corporate governance in the runtime. Explained Stella, “Install Fugue and declare the cloud you need, and Fugue makes it so–and makes sure it remains so.”

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