The current pandemic has challenged us all in ways that seemed unimaginable just a couple of months ago. At Carbon Relay, we’re aware of how fortunate we are to be able to do our jobs remotely, continue advancing our technology and remain connected with our communities. As our company grows, we have a responsibility to use our resources — including the company’s time, energy, funding and influence — to affect positive change when and where we can. This has been part of our collective mission since we founded the company and it’s more important than ever today.
Many of our employees are based in Boston and Washington, DC, but we’ve all watched with great concern as residents of New York have suffered shockingly high levels of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths. In the face of this catastrophe, we asked ourselves what we might do to try to support New York in a way that has immediate impact and that may bring some small measure of relief to the individuals who are risking their own health to assist others.
Carbon Relay is supporting One Million Masks, a grassroots non-profit organization working with the New York startup community to get one million masks from trusted factories to emergency rooms and intensive care units. The organization initially focused on NYU Langone Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian, but has since expanded its work to include all New York City area hospitals, as well as nursing homes, jail complexes and other correctional facilities. It is also offering limited shipping to verified healthcare workers across the U.S.
1M Masks arose to take on an issue that is, at its core, a monumental supply chain failure. Each of these two large New York hospitals goes through well over 10,000 masks per day, and with traditional supply chains for personal protective equipment bottle-necked, getting masks to the people who urgently need them proved too difficult a task for overwhelmed hospital administers. The goal of 1M Masks is to put supply chain technology experts up against the immediate problem of securing masks, and then accelerating their delivery directly to medical centers — and to cover all associated expenses.
Some of the organizations behind 1M Masks have focused on working through supply chain and logistics issues, but donations of cash are also needed. 100% of the funds raised go to the purchase and distribution of PPE for healthcare workers.
We’ve been able to provide financial support for 1M Masks and invite others to learn more about the organization and consider supporting it as well. To date, the group has shipped over 280,000 masks, of which 140,000 have already been delivered into the hands of front line healthcare workers. If you’re in a position to help or would like to learn more, please visit One Million Masks NYC.
Channels and business development veteran joins from Acquia to lead go to market strategy and team supporting Red Sky Ops machine learning platform for Kubernetes
BOSTON—May 7, 2020—Carbon Relay today announced that Joseph Wykes has joined the company as chief sales officer to create and drive the company’s go to market strategy for the Red Sky Ops AIOps platform. Wykes was previously senior vice president of sales and partnerships at Acquia, where he was a key contributor to the company’s growth during his eight-year tenure. Wykes comes to Carbon Relay at a time when demand for the company’s solution, which leverages machine learning to automate and manage configuration of applications running in Kubernetes, is rapidly increasing with the maturation of cloud-native technologies.
Kubernetes has become the dominant container orchestration platform as organizations accelerate movement of workloads to the cloud. Incredible flexibility is core to Kubernetes’ success, but its complexity can also create challenges for DevOps, networking and IT teams within cloud providers, managed Kubernetes providers and enterprises. In the past, these teams needed to manually configure applications running on Kubernetes, but typically resorted to over-provisioning compute and storage resources to ensure application stability. Carbon Relay’s Red Sky Ops solution allows these teams to manage millions of possible combinations of application variables and configuration settings to automatically identify and implement the best configurations for each application in any cloud environment.
“I’m excited to join a world-class team at Carbon Relay at an inflection point in its growth at the intersection of the machine learning solutions and cloud markets,” said Joseph Wykes, chief sales officer at Carbon Relay. “The timing for offering an AIOps solution for application management on Kubernetes is ideal, and Carbon Relay’s vision and values-driven team will propel its continued rapid growth. I’m looking forward to building the company’s go to market function to help it address Red Sky Ops demand at scale.”
Matt Provo, co-founder and CEO of Carbon Relay, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Joe at a time when interest in Red Sky Ops is rapidly intensifying. Since we introduced the platform, we’ve been gratified to see strong interest from enterprise organizations and partners around the world. In recent months we’re seeing a push to automate application configuration from companies that must gain efficiency while maximizing the performance of customer-facing applications. Joe’s track record of building high-performance teams will be invaluable to Carbon Relay as we scale the company to address continued strong demand.”
While at Acquia, Wykes helped lead the sales and partnerships organization as the company grew from $25 million to well over $200 million in revenue and substantially expanded its channels strategy and operations. Prior to Acquia, he was president of Percussion Software, a digital content management leader. Wykes earned his Barrister at Law degree from the Inns of Court School of Law and a B.A. with Honors from the University of London.
About Carbon Relay
Carbon Relay brings together world-class data scientists and software engineers to enable businesses to drive breakthrough IT and operations efficiency. Two traits are woven throughout our team, our products and everything we do: awe of the power of AI to solve complex business problems and a passionate commitment to the environment. Our Red Sky platform uses machine learning to drive major application performance gains and cost reductions in complex environments. Carbon Relay was founded in 2015 and is based in Boston and Washington, DC.
Earlier this week we were delighted to issue an announcement with Insight Partners detailing the firm’s $63M investment in Carbon Relay. The funding represents the beginning of a new and accelerated phase of Carbon Relay’s growth. It allows us to intensify development of our machine learning and data science platform, while building out our ability to get the product to more partners and customers.
We created Carbon Relay five years ago because our team is passionate about applying artificial intelligence and deep reinforcement learning to solve some of the toughest problems in IT. Building the company, we leveraged devops processes and depended heavily on cloud-native technologies, including the Kubernetes container orchestration engine. As we deepened our own use of Kubernetes, we quickly learned that it’s not just tough to manage—optimizing applications running on Kubernetes threatened to consume the time of some of our best technologists.
Turns out most organizations using it have the same challenge, as do Kubernetes service providers and even cloud providers. In direct response, Carbon Relay created our Red Sky Ops platform last year to take on the challenge of not simply managing, but optimizing the performance of applications running in Kubernetes environments. The result for customers and partners is more application uptime, less costly resource allocation and—maybe most important—less devops and netops time spent responding to alerts.
Demand for Red Sky Ops pushed Carbon Relay to the next level as a company. We’re thankful for the overwhelming response it has received from the cloud-native community and look forward to applying the investment from Insight Partners to pushing development of the platform. To support development, as well as sales, marketing and operations, we’re intensifying our focus on hiring in Boston and Washington, DC.
In response to an enormous amount of interest in seeing our product, Carbon Relay is also kicking off a series of live webinars with our CTO, Ofer Idan. He’ll demo Red Sky Ops and answer questions in real time, so if you’ve been looking for a technical overview of the platform, please register and join us. The first in the series will take place next Tuesday, February 18, at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET.
As we look ahead, we’re deepening our engagement with the vibrant open source cloud-native community around Kubernetes. Next month we’ll be at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon in Amsterdam to showcase the latest enhancements to Red Sky Ops and hear first hand from developers, engineers and devops pros how they’re managing and optimizing containerized applications. If you’ll be there as well, we hope you’ll stop by and tell us what’s on your mind.
This has been a landmark week for the Carbon Relay team and for the business we’re growing together. I’d like to thank each of our team members, partners and customers for your support. I must also recognize our early investors, who put their faith in us based on our vision and early technology. I’m grateful for your invaluable guidance and support.
Thanks to all who have joined us on this journey—I can’t wait to see where we go next.
The nautical themes associated with Kubernetes got me thinking about the many similarities between boating and building software products. What goes on with both activities depends entirely on what you want to do. After achieving early goals, what you want to do usually grows into more expansive and challenging pursuits over time.