Opscode, a cloud infrastructure automation company, announced today that it has closed an $11 million Series B round of funding. The round was led by Battery Ventures and brings the total raised for the company to $13.5 million.
Proceeds from the new funds will be used to expand the company's engineering staff, research initiatives, and sales and marketing efforts.
"We are witnessing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make world-class IT infrastructure available to the masses," says Sunil Dhaliwal, a general partner at Battery Ventures and now a member of Opscode's Board of Directors. "The future belongs to those that can deliver simple, scalable automation to any IT user, regardless of their size or sophistication."
Opscode is the maker of Chef, an open source systems integration framework for managing and scaling infrastructure. Chef allows developers to manage large-scale server and application deployment by writing code, rather than by running commands by hand. Chef helps automate some of the manual tasks that have historically been required to fix server issues.
Opscode also announced today a limited beta release of Opscode Platform, a hosted configuration management service. The Opscode Platform is a centrally managed data store into which servers publish data such as IP addresses, loaded kernel modules, and OS versions.
According to Opscode, Chef and the Opscode Platform allow developers and systems engineers to fully automate their infrastructures with re-usable code - without having to build or maintain systems management tools.
Opscode was founded in 2008 and is based in Seattle, Washington. Since its launch, over 150 individuals and 25 companies, including Rackspace and RightScale have contributed to the open source project.