Raftt, an Israeli startup that offers cloud-based platform for creating and sharing development environments, has come out of stealth with $5 million in seed funding led by Aleph VC and Cardumen Capital.
Raftt boasts that it provides easy-to-use developer environments which run in the cloud, enabling advanced collaboration while using existing local integrated development environments (IDEs) and other tools and workflows. With this tool, developers can eliminate setup and drift between environments, create unlimited environments for every need, and spend more time on what they do best – focus on their code.
An IDE is a software application that provides computer programmers complete services needed for software development. An IDE is usually comprised of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger.
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Raftt was founded in 2021 by Roy Iarchy, who serves as CEO, and Gahl Saraf, CTO – both experienced senior developers who served in the Intelligence Corps of the IDF. Roy was the R&D Group Manager at Skycure, which was acquired by Symantec, and Gahl served as a tech lead and architect at Meta and led the development of the Facebook Lite application.
Raftt employs 14 people at its development center in Tel Aviv, and its customers currently include mainly cyber companies and startups, such as EasySend. The capital raised will be used for product development and market penetration strategy.
Currently, precious hours are spent on issues such as environmental decay, drift, and gaps between the development and the staging and production phases, explains the company. Raftt’s platform solves the problems faced by developers managing local development environments and using containerized services for development. Raftt’s platform not only saves developers’ time, but it creates new possibilities for the seamless and rapid sharing of dev environments both within and between teams and functions – including Product and QA.
As developers are selective about the tools they use, Raftt’s technology uses existing tools to connect the developers to the remote development environment while retaining the current workflow. Companies have the option of running on Raftt’s cloud or continuing with their current cloud infrastructure.
“With the surge in cloud technologies and the use of Microservices architecture, the dev market has benefitted from many changes and innovations in recent years. While solutions have been developed to streamline the DevOps operation and optimize the usage of staging and production environments, developers are still faced with the challenges of using tools that are not built for efficient development in rapid iterations. Their dev machines are stalled from running multiple services, and too much of their time is spent inefficiently, and not being able to share the environment with team members or colleagues from other teams,” said Roy Iarchy, Co-founder and CEO of Raftt.