Engine Yard

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Engine Yard, Inc.
IndustrySoftware industry
  • Ezra Zygmuntowicz
  • Lance Walley
  • Tom Mornini
  • Jayson Vantuyl
United States
Key people
  • Beau Vrolyk
  • Alan Cyron
  • Dave McAllister
ProductsEngine Yard

Engine Yard is a San Francisco, California based, privately held[1] platform as a service company focused on Ruby on Rails, PHP and Node.js deployment and management.


Engine Yard, founded in 2006, offers a cloud application management platform.[2] Engine Yard co-founders include Tom Mornini, Lance Walley and Ezra Zygmuntowicz.[3]

John Dillon joined Engine Yard as CEO in 2009, and previously held the position of CEO at Salesforce.com from 1999 through 2001.[4]

Engine Yard has sponsored a number of open-source projects since 2009.[5][6]

In August 2011, Engine Yard acquired Orchestra.io to add PHP expertise to the Engine Yard team and platform.[7] In September 2011, the company launched a partner program that includes over 40 cloud technology companies. These partners provide add-on services such as application performance management, email deliverability, load testing and more, within the Engine Yard Platform.

In November 2011, the company added the Node.js server-side framework into its PaaS.[8]

In early 2012, Engine Yard reported that its revenue doubled year over year to $28 million in 2011, and the number of paying customers rose 50 percent to 2,000 in that time.[8] Engine Yard claims that with its $28 million in revenue for 2011 it is the leading open platform as a service.[9]

In June 2013, Engine Yard formed a strategic alliance with Microsoft[10] and went live on Windows Azure marketplace on July 31, 2013. Developers can use this open source Platform-as-a-Service running on Microsoft cloud infrastructure to deploy web and mobile apps.

In April 2015, Engine Yard announced the acquisition of OpDemand and their container PaaS Deis.[11]

In April 2017, Microsoft acquired container platform Deis from Engine Yard [12][13][14] and Engine Yard announced it was being acquired by Crossover, a provider of cloud-based Ruby teams.[15]


In January 2008, Engine Yard received an investment of $3.5 million from Benchmark Capital. Some industry commentators interpreted this as an investment in Ruby on Rails.[16]

In July 2008, Engine Yard secured an additional $15 million from a combination of Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Amazon.[17]

In October 2009, Engine Yard received an additional $19 million in funding from a combination of Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Amazon, Bay Partners, Presidio Ventures and DAG Ventures, for a total of $37.5 million in funding.

In November 2012, Oracle Corporation announced that it made a strategic minority investment in Engine Yard. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. Engine Yard continues to operate as an independent company.

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  1. ^ Taylor, Colleen (June 23, 2011), "Tech giants are hungry for M&A — really hungry", gigaom, retrieved July 29, 2012
  2. ^ Gardner, Dana (July 14, 2008), Amazon helps boost Engine Yard's cloud computing efforts with capital infusion, Zdnet.com, retrieved July 29, 2012
  3. ^ Park, Anthony (September 14, 2010), "Engine Yard Interview with Tom Mornini, CTO and Co Founder", Cloudtweaks.com, retrieved July 29, 2012
  4. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik (February 7, 2011), "Engine Yard CEO John Dillon Talks About Competing Against His Old Company, Salesforce.com", AllThingsD, retrieved July 29, 2012
  5. ^ Krill, Paul (13 January 2009). "Engine Yard powers SOA for the cloud". InfoWorld. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  6. ^ Taft, Darryl K. (December 2010). "Engine Yard Launches Open-Source Grant Program". eWeek. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ Engine Yard Conducts Orchestra Acquisition, Adds PHP PaaS, CRN, August 23, 2011, retrieved April 6, 2012
  8. ^ a b Darrow, Barb (February 9, 2012), "Veteran PaaS player Engine Yard claims big momentum", gigaom, retrieved July 29, 2012
  9. ^ Taft, Darryl K. (February 10, 2012), "Engine Yard Claims Top PaaS Position With $28M in Revenue", eWeek, retrieved July 29, 2012
  10. ^ Engine Yard Azure support announcement, July 31, 2013, archived from the original on 2013-08-20
  11. ^ Engine Yard Joins Forces With OpDemand, April 14, 2015
  12. ^ Microsoft to acquire Deis to help companies innovate with containers, April 10, 2017
  13. ^ Deis to Join Microsoft, April 10, 2017, archived from the original on April 16, 2017, retrieved June 29, 2017
  14. ^ Microsoft acquires Kubernetes experts Deis from Engine Yard, April 10, 2017
  15. ^ Engine Yard Acquired by Crossover, April 25, 2017
  16. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (January 11, 2008), "Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard", TechCrunch, retrieved July 29, 2012
  17. ^ Lerner, Reuven (July 14, 2008), Engine Yard Secures $15 Million in Funding, Ostatic.com, retrieved July 29, 2012

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