Ev started Gravitational with a vision of eliminating the need for "dreaded ops" and converting complex cloud applications into self-running secure appliances. He had realized the timing was finally right for this after leading tech due diligence for RackSpace corporate development M&A and seeing the birth of Kubernetes fundamentally reshape the cloud computing landscape.
Previously, Ev was the co-founder and CEO of Mailgun, one of the first email gateway service providers. After a successful acquisition by Rackspace, he joined the cloud product team where he launched "OnMetal" - the bare-metal-via-API offering that eventually became the backbone of OpenStack Ironic.
Ev is also an investor and advisor to several cloud & security startups. He had previously spoken at cloud-centric tech conferences like Inbox Love and MongoSF.
Application design always presents developers with a series of trade-offs. No approach is perfect for every deployment. While the market is abuzz about microservices, containers and Kubernetes—for many good reasons—instances arise when ...