Warren Closes $1.4 Million to Help Local Cloud Infrastructure Providers Compete Against Industry Giants

Estonia-based Warren, a self-service distributed cloud platform has secured a $1.4 million seed round to help regional cloud infrastructure solution providers to compete against industry giants. The round was closed by Passion Capital and also included Lemonade Stand and angel investors like former Nokia Vice President Paul Melin and Marek Klisa, co-founder of funds Superangel and NordicNinja. 

Major industry players are already quite aggressive in the industry in expanding teams and data centers around the world. Recently, Microsoft has launched a new data center in Austria, expanded in Brazil, and also announced that it will build a new region in Taiwan, in competition with Amazon. Tarmo Tael, Warren Co-founder and CEO cited that the demand and control over data have forced smaller companies to opt for local cloud infrastructure. 

Warren will continue to expand in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing cloud markets while keeping an eye out for other emerging nations such as South America. Tael also talked about the potential partnership with other markets including China, Turkey, and Russia. 

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Incepted as a side project, Warren enables local cloud infrastructure providers to meet the increasing demand with tools to handle more installations and end-users, including automated maintenance and DevOps processes that streamline feature testing and handling different platforms. 

The firm aims to connect providers in a network that involves users to connect through a single API and user interface. It also visions the network as a community where Warren’s clients can share resources and have their own app and service marketplace. 

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Currently, Warren is in competition with OpenStack, Virtuozzo, and Mirantis. All these service providers offer a wider network over Warren. However, Tael has said that the company will connect several locations to one provider by the first quarter of 2012 and will gradually connect providers to each other, upgrading connects providers and user management and billing service to handle the surrounding complexity. 

Local cloud infrastructure offers various advantages including Price, Customer Service, Niche Markets, and Security. Additionally, with local cloud infrastructure providers, users get the ability to get customized cloud hosting, customer service, and personal attention that larger providers can’t. 

Other than that, in the industry, as per Gartner, the global public cloud service market is projected to reach $266 billion in 2020 and is expected to jump to $331 billion by 2022. Cisco has further said that that cloud data centers will process 94 percent of workloads in 2021. 

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