Bitnami Acquires Skippbox, Expanding Container and Kubernetes Products


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 7, 2017Bitnami, 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-related 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."