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Bitnami Acquires Skippbox

We are excited to announced that today, Bitnami is acquiring Skippbox, Expanding its Container and Kubernetes Products. Here is the official press release.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 7, 2017 — Bitnami, a leading provider of ready-to-run server applications and automation for the software supply chain, today announced that it has acquired Skippbox, Ltd. Skippbox is a Kubernetes-focused startup headquartered in London that provides software products for the Kubernetes ecosystem, as well as professional services and training. Bitnami is acquiring Skippbox, Ltd. in its entirety, including existing business contracts and intellectual property.

Skippbox’s founder, Sebastien Goasguen, will be joining Bitnami as Senior Director of Cloud Technologies, where he will be initially focused on the company’s container- and Kubernetes-related efforts. Sebastien is a Kubernetes and container authority, author of the O’Reilly and Linux Foundation training courses on Kubernetes, author of the O’Reilly Docker Cookbook, Apache Software Foundation member, former VP of Apache CloudStack, contributor to Libcloud, and a former professor of courses in distributed computing, high performance computing, network security, and cloud.

Other key Skippbox members will be joining Bitnami in various technical roles, where they will expand Bitnami’s products in container-based applications and Kubernetes.

“Bitnami’s automated packaging platform and proven track record providing applications to the world’s largest cloud providers makes them a natural fit for enterprises looking to improve their software supply chain,” said Sebastien Goasguen, Skippbox founder. “By joining forces and combining Bitnami’s packaging toolchain with Skippbox’s deep, container-focused expertise, we can accelerate and simplify customer migrations to the cloud and containers.”

“Google-developed Kubernetes is becoming the standard for container-based orchestration of enterprise cloud deployments,” said Erica Brescia, COO of Bitnami. “It’s the perfect time for Bitnami to increase our investment in containers and orchestration platforms. Acquiring Skippbox will allow us to ramp up our rate of innovation and bring new offerings to market more quickly.”


  • What does Skippbox add to the portfolio of Bitnami capabilities? What becomes possible that was not before?

Skippbox is a leader in the rapidly evolving Kubernetes space; by acquiring Skippbox, Bitnami is gaining additional Kubernetes-focused intellectual property, lines of business, and expertise.

Skippbox’s existing investments in training, the Kubeless serverless framework and other Kubernetes-focused open source contributions naturally complement the investments Bitnami has made in the Kubernetes ecosystem such as Helm Charts, the Monocular project and the KubeApps website.

All are expected to play a critical role in forthcoming enterprise-targeted products, due later in the year.

  • Does Skippbox add new lines of business to Bitnami?

Skippbox are recognized experts in the container and Kubernetes space, with a healthy training, consulting, and professional services business. Bitnami plans to continue and expand these lines of business.

  • Skippbox maintains multiple open source software products (Cabin, Kmachine, Kompose, Kubewatch, Kubeless and others). What will happen to them after acquisition?

Bitnami will continue to support the open source development of these projects including those already part of the Kubernetes incubator.

In addition, several Kubernetes-related domain names will be donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

  • How does the Skippbox acquisition impact Bitnami’s existing cloud service provider relationships?

Bitnami is working closely with some of the major cloud service providers to improve and expand their container-related infrastructure offerings. By acquiring Skippbox, with its container and orchestration expertise, Bitnami will accelerate these initiatives and increase its value to cloud service provider partners, to the open source community and to enterprises interested in deploying container-based applications in production.

  • What does Skippbox mean ?

Skippbox is the contraction of “Skipper” and “Toolbox” which stems from the initial focus on building a Kubernetes toolbox to help onboard users.