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Orkes' $20M Boost for Conductor Platform

  • Orkes, born from Netflix's Conductor, offers a robust microservices platform.
  • Orkes secures $20M in Series A led by Nexus Venture.
  • Orkes delivers Conductor as a managed platform, aiding application development.

Back in 2016, Netflix released Conductor, a platform for microservices orchestration, as open source. However, in December, they announced they would no longer maintain it.

Fortunately, the creators of Conductor had already left Netflix to start Orkes, a startup offering an enterprise-grade microservices platform based on the open-source project. 

Orkes has taken over the maintenance of Conductor for now and recently secured a $20 million Series A funding round, following a $9.3 million seed round in 2022. Nexus Venture Partners led the new round, with Battery Ventures and Vertex Ventures US also participating.

Orkes CEO Jeu George highlighted the need for a cloud-based solution that allows companies to focus on application development rather than infrastructure and orchestration challenges. Today, numerous companies, including Tesla, United Wholesale Mortgage, and Foxtel, rely on Conductor to manage their tech stack.

Orkes currently provides Conductor as a fully managed platform on the customer's preferred cloud and also offers a Conductor-based AI orchestration platform.

Orkes has gained momentum from existing open-source users who trust the product but want it as a managed service.

Edited by Shruti Thapa