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Engine Yard Accelerates Cloud Platforms: $15 Million Financing

Business Investments Increase

Engine Yard, provider of the leading Ruby and Rails deployment platform, today announced it has closed a Series B financing round of $15 million led by New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), with participation from Amazon.com and current investor Benchmark Capital. Peter Sonsini, Partner at NEA, joins Engine Yard's board of directors.
"Engine Yard's exceptional track record and substantial mindshare within the open-source community position the company to be at the forefront of two key emerging markets in the computing space: Ruby and Rails and cloud computing," said Mr. Sonsini. "I look forward to working with the Engine Yard team to build the business and take the company to the next growth stage."
The new funding will help Engine Yard accelerate its business, bolster R&D of their forthcoming cloud computing cluster platform, and continue to drive innovation with its Ruby open-source projects, Rubinius and Merb.
"Ruby and Rails are gaining traction in the enterprise, as companies look for alternatives to Java and .NET that would free up resources, speed up development, and get them to market faster," said Lance Walley, Engine Yard co-founder and CEO.
"Engine Yard is committed to delivering the deployment infrastructure, services, and in-house expertise to take Ruby and Rails applications to the cloud. We're pleased that NEA and Amazon.com share our vision and, through their investment, have committed to helping Engine Yard execute on this vision."
Engine Yard offers a unique combination of technology, services, and technical leadership that is helping fuel the growing Ruby and Rails market. The Company's deployment platform combines high-end clustering resources to run Ruby and Rails applications securely in the cloud, while Engine Yard's team of Ruby and Rails technical experts delivers 24x7 maintenance and support. These same technical experts lead and participate in the open-source projects helping drive the future of Ruby and Rails.
"Amazon Web Services has provided infrastructure services in the cloud for over two years and we believe that cloud computing will be a large industry with companies providing a range of different services," said Jeff Blackburn, Amazon.com Senior Vice President for Business Development. "Engine Yard is passionate about providing their customers with scalable and reliable cloud-based infrastructure for their Ruby on Rails applications."

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