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FounderDerek Collison
HeadquartersSan Francisco, CA
Area served
Key people
Derek Collison (CEO)
Number of employees
120 (2016)

Apcera is an American cloud infrastructure company that provides a container management platform[1] to deploy, orchestrate and govern containers and applications across on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure.

Company Overview[edit]

Apcera was founded in 2012 in San Francisco by Derek Collison, previously a technology leader at Google, TIBCO and VMware (where he designed the first open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Cloud Foundry).

Apcera’s primary offering, the Apcera Cloud Platform, provides IT governance and security through a policy driven model, allowing for the safe deployment and management of cloud-native applications, microservices, legacy applications, as well as IT resources, network and services access, and user permissions.

According to Forbes [Tech], the Apcera Cloud Platform enables clients "to manage the migration from legacy infrastructure to newer approaches and... allows them to achieve significantly faster time-to-market for … critical deployments, without sacrificing crucial security requirements”[2]

In September 2014, Ericsson acquired a majority stake in Apcera for cloud policy compliance.[3]


The Apcera Cloud Platform is available in two forms: a Community Edition and an Enterprise Edition. The Community Edition is free and can be used for deployment to a single infrastructure. The Enterprise Edition has the functionality to deploy workloads to multiple infrastructures. The Apcera Cloud Platform allows the user to create a set of rules to control available resources at a container level. In addition, it allows a user to connect to back-end services outside of the platform while maintaining governance. It allows users to build a workload once and then move it around in its container without re-writing the code — it only needs the connections made between containers.

Apcera also develops and provides support for several open source software projects, including NATS, a cloud-native enterprise messaging system, Kurma, a container runtime with extensibility and flexibility, and Libretto, a Golang virtual machine provisioning library for public and private clouds.

Major Clients[edit]

Some of Apcera’s customers include nextSource, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Cygate, Rodan Fields

Company Timeline[edit]

Date Event
March 4, 2012 Derek Collison writes the original code of the Apcera Platform
June 18, 2012 Meeting at True Ventures (Official Anniversary of Apcera)
July 13, 2013 Series A funding closes
May 14, 2014 First orchestrator deployed. Began switching clusters to orchestrator
July 31, 2014 Nats.io launch
September 30, 2014 Majority stake acquired by Ericsson
April 8, 2015 Jeff Thomas joins as Chief Marketing Officer[4]
June 23, 2015 Join the open container initiative[5][6]
December 17, 2015 Apcera Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation[7][8]
March 24, 2016 Apcera‘s Community Edition launched
April 4, 2016 Mark Thiele joins as Chief Strategy Officer[9]


  1. ^ "451 Research Recognizes Apcera as a Leader in Emerging Category of Enterprise Container Management and Microservices". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  2. ^ Kepes, Ben. "Post The Ericsson Deal, Apcera Rolls Out A Hybrid Cloud Offering". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  3. ^ "Ericsson acquires majority stake in Apcera for cloud policy compliance". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  4. ^ "Jeff Thomas Joins Apcera as Chief Marketing Officer". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  5. ^ Ghoshal, Abhimanyu (2015-06-23). "Amazon, CoreOS, Docker, Google, Microsoft and others team up to create an open container standard". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  6. ^ Wolpe, Toby. "Open Container Project: How cloud giants are joining forces against lock-in and fragmentation | ZDNet". ZDNet. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  7. ^ "Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces New Members, Begins Accepting Technical Contributions | The Linux Foundation". www.linuxfoundation.org. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  8. ^ "Why Apcera, Container Solutions, Deis, RX-M LLC and Univa Corporation Joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation | Cloud Native Computing Foundation". cncf.io. Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  9. ^ "Data Center Guru Mark Thiele Makes a Switch, Joins Cloud Startup | Data Center Knowledge". 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-10-04.