Mesosphere hauls in $125 M Series D investment

Mesosphere, a company that created an operating system of sorts for the modern datacenter, announced today that it has raised $125 million for their Series D round. Today’s investment brings total funding since it formed in 2013 to almost $250 million.

The round was led by T. Rowe Price Associates and Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT). New investors ZWC Ventures, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Disruptive Technology Advisers (DTA) also participated along with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Two Sigma Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The funding comes at a time when the company has tripled its revenue and wants to take that momentum and expand more into international markets. They currently have 300 employees, 125 customers and are on a $50 million revenue run rate, according to information supplied by Mesosphere .

CEO Florian Leibert says his company decided to take on this money at this point because it sees a market opportunity and needed the funds to expand. “With this latest round, we’ll be able to ramp up R&D and hone our product roadmap toward repeatable, proven solutions around data engineering and data science,” Leibert told TechCrunch.

He wants to take those products to more international markets including Europe, China and the Middle East, while increasing their channel presence, especially with international and regional systems integrators, who can help pave the way into these markets.

Mesosphere’s core technology called DC/OS, provides a way to manage datacenter resources, whether private or in the public cloud, much more efficiently than traditional tools by treating the entire datacenter as a single pool of resources, Tobias Knaup, Mesosphere CTO explained. This allows an operations team to see multiple locations, zones and regions from a single interface, he said.

Mesosphere has taken on a mix of traditional venture capitalists, international funding authorities and strategic corporate backers, but the presence of T Rowe Price and the size of the round could be a signal that the company intends to go public at some point. Leibert wasn’t willing to give anything away, however.

“We are focused on growth and building a self-sustaining company. We certainly haven’t ruled out a public event in the future, but I can’t speak to any specific plans at this time.” In other words, the standard CEO answer to such a question.

The company’s last round was in March 2016 for $73.5 million.

Don’t Be Fooled, There’s No “New Détente” Between India And China

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review,

The outcome of last week’s informal summit between Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi is that both nominal BRICS partners are now unofficially in a “Cold Peace” with one another.

The two leaders met in the city of Wuhan and reportedly went over the gamut of their relations, especially the strategic-military aspects that have led to increasing tensions between the two Asian Great Powers over the past year. This, of course, refers to India’s pro-American pivot to the so-called “Quad” and China’s CPEC project through Pakistani-administered territory that New Delhi claims as its own. By all indications, the meeting was a success in at least superficially restoring regional trust, but looking below the surface, this appears more to be about a “Cold Peace” than a “New Détente”.

India and China’s globalization models are threatened by the US’ protectionist shift, and the two nominal BRICS allies have a shared interest in tightening their economic cooperation and presenting a seemingly unified front in the face of Trump’s pressure against them both. That, however, doesn’t necessarily transcend over into the military-strategic realm where the two still remain fierce rivals, suggesting that each side won’t make a big fuss for now about the other arming up and building border roads & bases in the meantime, accepting that this will proceed anyhow and that it’s better for the time being to remain quiet about it given their temporarily shared economic interests vis-à-vis the US.

The “Cold Peace” is welcome because it will calm both of their publics down and allow them to redirect their attention towards more constructive areas of bilateral engagement where they actually have the power to change something, like in the economic field as opposed to the realm of International Relations and military affairs. This could hopefully expand the complex economic interdependency between the two and thus serve as an asymmetrical deterrence measure preventing either of them – but in this context, mostly India – from falling for the American divide-and-rule plot to pit them against one another in the New Cold War.

This “second honeymoon” between the two countries and their leaders won’t last forever, and both sides know it given their expanding strategic contradictions all across the Afro-Eurasian space (both naturally occurring and American-encouraged), so the “Cold Peace” should be seen as a short-term tactical measure to help each of these Great Powers gain the perception (key word) of greater leverage over the US during the onset of Trump’s protectionist “trade warthan as a long-term strategic understanding paving the way for a “New Détente”.