Quickly acquires the Glitch cloud-based software development platform

Fastly Inc. acquired Glitch Inc., the operator of a popular cloud-based software development platform used by over 1.8 million programmers.

Rapidly announcement acquisition today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

NYSE-listed Fastly operates a popular content delivery network, or CDN, that organizations use to speed up their websites. The CDN stores copies of content from organizations’ websites on many servers around the world. When a user visits a website, content is loaded from the nearest server to reduce loading times.

Fastly also provides other products covering areas such as edge computing and cybersecurity. The acquisition of Glitch will allow the company to establish a significant presence in another market: the development tooling segment.

Glitch provides a cloud-based code editor that developers can use to build websites and apps. The platform automates many time-consuming manual tasks typically involved in software development.

Often, writing code is just one of many tasks involved in building a website or app. Developers must also provide hardware on which their code can run, create a database to store application data, and configure other components. Glitch provides a pre-configured infrastructure for hosting software that saves users from having to build everything from scratch.

Another factor behind Glitch’s popularity is that it streamlines some code editing tasks. In other software development platforms, finding the specific line of code responsible for an error can take a long time. Glitch’s platform speeds up the task and provides a tool that allows users to quickly revert a code file to a previous version when an error is discovered, making troubleshooting easier.

Glitch provides all of its platform’s basic features for free and generates revenue through a paid version that includes additional features. The startup’s 1.8 million users include developers from major tech companies such as Stripe and Google LLC. Prior to its acquisition by Fastly, Glitch raised $30 million in funding from Tiger Global.

Fastly will make it easier for Glitch users to deploy their applications on its Compute@Edge serverless computing platform. The platform allows developers to run code without having to manage the underlying infrastructure. Additionally, Compute@Edge allows application code to be hosted on hardware located near application users, reducing latency.

“Compute@Edge is already enabling enterprise developers to build apps on Fastly’s edge network with all the performance, security, and scalability they need,” wrote Lakshmi Sharma, Chief Product and Strategy Officer. of Fastly, in a press release. blog post today. “Now we want to open up a world of possibilities for all developers – from small and medium-sized business innovators to hobby developers to large organizations.”

Cloudflare Inc., one of Fastly’s main competitors in the CDN market, has also made serverless computing an important part of its product strategy. It provides a serverless platform called Cloudflare Workers that allows developers to deploy code to infrastructure at the network edge. This month, the company update the platform with a built-in relational database called D1 that will help developers manage their application data more easily.

Photo: Rapidly

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