Petr Svoboda, Stratox Cloud Native: Making life easier for developers

Petr Svoboda, Stratox Cloud Native: Making life easier for developers

Petr Svoboda, CEO of Stratox Cloud Native, explains how CodeNow makes cloud native development fast and enjoyable for everyone.

Could you start by telling us a bit about CodeNOW?

CodeNOW is a true startup. This means that we are working hard to create a platform that simplifies the development of cloud-native software, especially when based on a micro-services architecture. We try to make cloud-native development fast and enjoyable for mere mortals. Especially, I would say, for developers who are not yet familiar with infrastructure and configuration requirements.

We are able to abstract the complexity of cloud infrastructure management and automate many common and repetitive tasks. The platform itself increases productivity and we hope it will make cloud-native development fun again.

When and how did you start?

CodeNOW was founded in 2019 and the platform came out of beta in 2020. We are now looking to expand our business into the United States and have established a business there.

Setting up in the United States is a serious step forward for you and for the company!

Yes, we could say that. We just opened a small office in San Francisco and hired our first sales staff. The process is still slow but I’m happy that it seems to be taking off, we are getting great feedback and have managed to land our first clients. We are very confident in the future and further expansion.

Is CodeNow part of the software distribution company, Stratox?

Exactly. Stratox is essentially a collection of companies. CodeNOW was originally seeded out of my own pocket, combined with the revenue generated by Stratox providing professional services. As not only us, but also the market and investors saw the potential and CodeNOW continued to grow, we decided to accept some investments and use them to grow.

So how can businesses benefit from using CodeNOW?

Well, CodeNOW was designed while I was working as an architect for IBM, where I was primarily responsible for delivering large transformation projects. I encountered many inefficiencies in the development and deployment process and was shocked by the wasted time caused by developers twiddling their thumbs and waiting for others to complete their work. This got me thinking that it was possible to save money by empowering developers with smart self-service technology.

If, as a developer, you need to build a new database, cache, message broker, or similar infrastructure component, you really shouldn’t have to wait for others. Removing this delay from the development process will dramatically increase overall productivity and the value created during the software development process.

So that was the original idea. Additionally, we’ve found that developers employed at larger companies or working as contractors, in particular, typically don’t have much time to learn on their own or to be properly trained in technologies, tools, and best practices. cloud natives.

We saw a great opportunity here by removing a lot of the complexity under Kubernetes and providing these developers with all the tools and best practices that would be understandable and available for immediate use right out of the box.

I hear everyone talking about cloud native development as this complicated beast. We want to prove otherwise and our mission with CodeNOW is to make development for microservices and distributed software architectures frictionless and sustainable.

There is a lot of talk about Kubernetes, but I’m not sure too many people know exactly what it is.

You’re right, and sadly not many people know exactly when it’s a good tool to use and when not.

So when would this be a good tool to use?

Well, I’d say it’s especially good when you’re dealing with horizontal scalability issues. Cases where you need to leverage hundreds or thousands of instances of your business logic. Kubernetes can be of great help in this regard. As a means of achieving high availability, resiliency, etc., I would say it focuses primarily on the back-end. Front-end developers are used to slightly different tools, and they find it easier to survive with their CDNs and other technologies. Kubernetes is therefore not necessarily the best thing for them. But for back-end developers, and especially for integration with Microsoft, I think it’s the best tool out there.

Are there any particular trends you’ve noticed around DevOps this year?

Yes, one trend we see is the need to almost split your approach to DevOps. On the one hand, at the platform level, where there is a need for high-level automation within the business or enterprise. And on the other hand, a DevOps approach very close to your application development practice and where it is necessary to automate mainly the processes around the applications that you have in development.

Companies often think that as soon as they use CI/CD pipelines, they have set up their DevOps practice. Sometimes you find someone wearing a DevOps badge telling the organization that they are “The DevOps Guy”. I believe there is still some lack of understanding though…

Essentially, DevOps is more about cooperation and automation, regardless of who is in charge. It is true that the sheer breadth of knowledge and technology required makes this difficult, especially for developers, as there are huge infrastructure and operational aspects. Typically, developers don’t want to worry about it and want to focus on creating the business logic of the application.

So, one trend we’re seeing is that many companies are looking to hire DevOps specialists and integrate them into the development team. I personally think that’s probably not the best idea.

Skills always come up whenever we talk about technology. Are there enough people in DevOps?

It’s a really scarce resource. Looking at what it takes and what is involved when developing a typical app, we can see that even the developers themselves are struggling to get the job done. Any specialist is capable of serving, say, 10 people, and beyond that he would be overloaded with demands. Thus, the number of people needed with the right skills is certainly much higher than what is currently available on the market.

And I believe that’s why we’re seeing this big wave right now in upcoming development platforms, all trying to automate different parts of the process for developers.

You are still a relatively new company and are already moving to the United States. Is there anything else you will focus on in the years to come?

We are in the process of finalizing the SaaS version of our product, which is available immediately for small businesses. We think this release is of great value, especially for non-technical founders for example. Our ideal customers for this product are startups who need to manage remote teams and founders who need to take care of developers remotely. Companies where speed to market and ease of development are paramount.

On the other hand, we continue to serve businesses. In the enterprise sector, we have successfully offered CodeNOW as a rapid prototyping tool for MVPs and prototypes created from the ground up in the cloud.

And I think it’s worth mentioning that we have achieved ISO27k certification, so we can offer businesses and any business the confidence that CodeNOW is safe and secure from a data perspective.

Thank you very much for your time! I wish you the best for your American adventure

Thank you for this interview and yes I’m sure it’s going to be great!

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