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Ubicloud: Disrupting Cloud Computing with an Open-Source Alternative to AWS

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By: Headliners News / March 12, 2024

Meet Ubicloud, a promising tech startup spearheaded by the team behind Citus Data, acquired by Microsoft in 2019, is poised to disrupt the cloud computing landscape by offering an open-source alternative to AWS. Founded by Ozgun Erdogan and Umur Cubukcu, former architects of Citus Data, along with Daniel Farina, previously instrumental in building Heroku PostgreSQL, Ubicloud aims to provide a layer of core cloud computing services atop cost-effective bare-metal servers from providers like Hetzner, OVH Cloud, Leaseweb, and AWS.

The startup’s initial focus revolves around fundamental components such as compute and a PostgreSQL database service, building upon the team’s extensive experience with PostgreSQL. Networking capabilities, essential for establishing public and private virtual networks, are also part of Ubicloud’s offerings, along with attribute-based access controls. The startup plans to expand its services by incorporating block storage features and a Kubernetes-based container service in the future.

While Ubicloud acknowledges it won’t replace the comprehensive offerings of AWS, it aims to deliver value by concentrating on the core services that developers find most crucial. The managed service provided by Ubicloud is designed to be more affordable, offering a simpler developer experience compared to large cloud computing providers. The team recognizes the growing gap between hardware costs and hyperscaler charges, emphasizing that Ubicloud can bridge this gap effectively.

Developers on Ubicloud gain the flexibility to choose where they host their services, with a notable use case being GitHub Action runners. This innovative tech platform has garnered interest from users deploying long-running workloads and has seen solid demand for its PostgreSQL database service.

Ubicloud’s co-founder, Ozgun Erdogan, highlights the imminent addition of a Kubernetes platform, expanding the range of features atop its infrastructure-as-a-service layer.

In the context of open-source competition to AWS, the Ubicloud team distinguishes itself from previous attempts, such as OpenStack, emphasizing its managed service’s simplicity and immediate availability. Erdogan notes the evolution of the open-source landscape, allowing Ubicloud to leverage existing projects for virtual networking and storage services.

Ubicloud recently secured a $16 million seed round back in early January, with notable investors including Y Combinator and 500 Emerging Europe, along with contributions from various angel investors. With ten employees spread across San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Istanbul, Ubicloud is gearing up to make waves in the cloud computing industry with its innovative approach to open-source alternatives.

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