Nirmata Secures $4M in Pre-Series A Funding


Nirmata, a San Jose, CA-based software solutions provider for governance, compliance, security, and automation of production Kubernetes workloads and clusters, and creators of Kyverno, a policy engine designed for Kubernetes, raised $4.0m in pre-series A funding.

The round was led by Z5 Capital with participation from Uncorrelated Ventures, Samsung Next, Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV) and angel investors Saqib Syed and BV Jagadeesh.

The company intends to use the funds to further accelerate the growth of Kyverno, scale product and operations to support the Kyverno community and establish an engineering team in India as well as grow its sales and marketing to accelerate its adoption. 

Led by Jim Bugwadia, Chief Executive Officer, Nirmata is a unified management plane for Kubernetes clusters and workloads built for enterprise DevOps teams. The system enables self-service cluster provisioning, provides visibility, health, metrics, and alerts, ensures compliance via workload policies, and streamlines application deployments across clusters. As enterprises accelerate their adoption of cloud technologies, its Kyverno is providing a method with native tools and language to secure containers for enterprises deploying resources in cloud environments. 

This funding comes as Kyverno achieved considerable growth. Since the beginning of 2021, Kyverno’s adoption soared to over six million downloads, with a growing number of users including Novartis, The New York Times, Duke Energy, TriNet, Grofers and others. It is also used by open source projects like Flux, KubeArmor and others. In May 2021, Nirmata Policy Manager for Kyverno (PMK) was launched to streamline the adoption of Kyverno across multiple clusters as well as facilitate Policy-as-Code best practices by enabling the deployment of Kyverno policies across fleets of clusters using GitOps workflows.