A growing number of organizations are adopting microservices. These are disconnected and independently deployable services that form an application. According to 2020 O’Reilly survey77% of organizations had already adopted microservices by that time, with 29% reporting that their systems were being migrated or implemented using microservices.
The widespread adoption and success of microservices has presented new problems for application development. O’Reilly’s own survey revealed that integration with comment systems and corporate culture have been major obstacles in the microservices sector.
Startups rushed in to fill the void. There was Helios, a microservices management platform that helps developers understand the interplay between their code and the rest of their applications. Sellers like OpsLevelAnd My timeHelios is a competitor in the space business. It offers platforms that organize microservices to a central portal. The newest entry in space is nucleusaims to help developers create microservice architectures through a combination infrastructure, security, observational tools, and infrastructure. Nucleus, which is backed by Y Combinator has raised $2.1million in venture capital funds to date.
Evis Drenova, Nick Zelei and their team founded Nucleus in 2021. They had spent seven years creating infrastructure platforms for large enterprises (such as Garmin and IBM) and startups (Skyflow or Newfront) over the past seven years. Drenova and Zelei came up with the idea for Nucleus after realizing that they often had to rebuild the same platform in order to help developers build, test and deploy microservices.
“We noticed more companies trying to move into the area.” [microservices] “Some of the companies that tried to migrate to microservices were hurt because they didn’t have the right tools and, most importantly, the right people… We want to make it easy for companies to migrate to microservices with reliable, yet oriented architectures,” Drinova said via email. Service without needing to be an expert in security, infrastructure, monitoring.
Nucleus allows developers to create and deploy microservices using the Nucleus platform. This automatically configures security, observability and other aspects. Nucleus is delivered via a command-line interface that can be used to adapt existing developer workflows. It also includes pre-built integrations such as Cloudflare, Hashicorp, and Okta.
Drenova stated that Nucleus is an infrastructure platform that allows you to write your code in any language you want. “As a developer, you can write your code in any language you want and we support it innovatively. We don’t interfere with your business logic – one way to think about it is that we’ve created a cage that you can put code in and that cage is integrated with your infrastructure and third-party tools and is Very safe.”
Drenova acknowledges that there are many competitors in microservices orchestration. He sees the do it yourself crowd as Nucleus’ primary competition.
“Before we wrote any code, we interviewed 55 CTOs and 90% said they’d built something like this in the past and it took an average of 8-12 months, cost us over $1 million and it took three full-time engineers,” Drenova said. We believe we can create a better product in 10% less time than DIY and 10% less money. This is very convincing.
These are lofty claims. Drenova believes that Nucleus, whose demo platform remains in beta, already has “a few” customers and eight design partners. Investors have also been attracted by backers such Asma Capital, Y Combinator and LombardStreet Ventures as well as “dozens” of angels who are investing in Nucleus.
“Nucleus is an important piece of software. We run and manage all your services,” Drinova added. “It’s bigger than any one developer, which means CTOs are always our buyers… Our target market is companies with more than 20 developers. They are moving towards a service-oriented architecture. But any company that uses the services can use them.”
Nucleus is focused on organic growth and has a team of four employees, which includes co-founders. Drenova is looking at hiring engineers next year but is cautious and waiting for market conditions to improve.
“In downturns, the playing field is more level towards early-stage companies, and while larger competitors focus on less money burn and survival, we put the pedal to the metal and chase the opportunity,” Drinova said. “We have a lot cash in the bank and a runway for next few years.”
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