Render, the winner of our Disrupt SF 2019 Start-up Battleground, today announced that it has included another $4.5 million onto its existing seed funding round, bringing total investment into the company to $6.75 million.

The round was led by General Driver, with participation from previous investors South Park Commons Fund and a group of angels that includes Lee Fixel, Elad Gil and GitHub CTO (and former VP of Engineering at Heroku) Jason Warner.

The company, which describes itself as a “No DevOps alternative to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud,” initially raised a $2.25 million seed round in April 2019, but it got a lot of inbound interest after winning the Disrupt Battleground. In the end, however, the team chose to just raise more money from its existing financiers.

Existing Render users include Cypress.io, Mux, Bloomscape, Zelos, 99designs and Stripe.

“We talked to a lot of people after Disrupt, consisting of Ashton Kutcher’s firm, because he was among the judges,” Render co-founder and CEO Anurag Goel described. “In the end, we decided that we would simply raise more money from our existing investors due to the fact that we like them and it helped us get a better deal from our existing financiers. And they were all incredibly interested in continuing to invest.”

What makes Render stick out is that it fulfills many of the promises of Heroku and possibly Google Cloud’s App Engine. You merely inform it what type of service you are going to release and it manages the release and handles the infrastructure for you.

“Our clients are all people who are writing code. And they simply wish to deploy this code really quickly without having to worry about servers, or upkeep, or depending upon DevOps teams– or, oftentimes, employing DevOps teams,” Goel stated. “DevOps engineers are exceptionally expensive to work with and exceptionally hard to discover, specifically good ones. Our objective is to remove all of that work that DevOps individuals do at every company, because it’s very comparable at every company.”

Image Credits: Render One brand-new function the company is introducing today is sneak peek environments. You can think of them as disposable staging or development environments that designers can spin up to test their code– and Render promises that the screening environment will look the same as your production environment (or you can define modifications, too). Developers can then evaluate their updates collaboratively with QA or their item and sales groups in this environment.

Advancement groups on Render define their infrastructure environments in a YAML file and turning on these new sneak peek environments is as easy as setting a flag in that file.

Image Credits: Render”As soon as they do that, then for every pull request– because we’re incorporated with GitHub and GitLab — we automatically spin up a copy of that environment. That can consist of anything you have in production, or things like a Redis instance, or handled Postgres database, or Elasticsearch circumstances, or clearly APIs and web services and static websites,” Goel stated. Whenever you push a change to that branch or pull request, the environment is instantly updated, too. When the pull demand is closed or merged, Render damages the environment instantly.

The company will use the new financing to grow its team and construct out its service. The plan, Goel tells me, is to raise a larger Series A round next year.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.