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We Have Two Big Announcements


This week, Fugue launches its cloud infrastructure automation system and introduces its leadership team! Check out the respective press releases:



We're also showcasing Fugue at the AWS Summit in New York at the Javits Center on Thursday, August 11. Come by Booth 254, talk with our representatives, and get a firsthand look at how we can help you radically simplify cloud infrastructure complexity. Not in New York? Register for our Webinar or schedule a demo of Fugue.


Fugue Announces Executive Appointments of Technology Veterans to Drive Company’s Growth Strategy


Frederick, MD – August 9, 2016 – Fugue, Inc. announced today the availability of its cloud-native solution for fully automating the deployment, operations, and enforcement of cloud infrastructure at scale.


Enterprises are moving to the cloud to increase competitiveness and efficiency. However, complexity explodes in the cloud and achieving those goals is challenging, as most DevOps teams today are forced to manually stitch together disparate tool sets. Fugue tackles this complexity with a cohesive system that allows DevOps professionals to define infrastructure upfront, leverage a runtime component to ensure that all cloud resources remain consistent with that definition, and automatically correct configuration drift. Furthermore, Fugue eliminates wasteful and error-prone cloud maintenance burdens that slow innovation and increase compliance and security risks. As the technological gateway that unlocks the power of the cloud, Fugue helps businesses achieve digital transformation and competitive advantage goals.


“Fugue has the right approach to managing cloud complexity, with a general-purpose system that offers the flexibility and extensibility needed to equip enterprises to handle both current challenges and future paradigms as cloud computing rapidly evolves,” said Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, at Ovum.


The top-notch Fugue leadership team includes veterans in product design and management, cloud-based solutions deployment and architecture, and national security and defense. With decades of experience launching products and services and guiding enterprise development, the team has advanced cloud computing growth for organizations like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apple, EMC, and AOL. “Fugue is an enabling technology that has the power to accelerate cloud adoption and radically simplify management of existing cloud workloads at scale,” explained Fugue Co-founder and CEO Josh Stella. “Our team’s goal is to position Fugue as the foundational layer for the cloud-native phase of cloud computing, enabling organizations to achieve the agility, efficiency, and control they need to compete in today’s marketplace.”


Top-tier Investors

Fugue has raised a total of $34MM over four rounds–most recently, a $20MM Series C in December 2015, led by New Enterprise Associates. Other investors include the Maryland Venture Fund and Core Capital Partners.


Expert Technical and Management Team

Josh Stella – Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Stella has served as a CTO for a prior startup and in numerous other technical and leadership roles over the last 25 years. Prior to Fugue, he was a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, where he learned that all cloud customers run into a wall of complexity once they scale.


Stephen Benedict – Vice President of Product. Benedict leads product management for Fugue, working to fully realize the vision of a true operating system for the cloud. Previously, he served as COO of a technology-enabled services company and held product, platform, and partner management roles at AOL and technical leadership roles at Apple.


Gus Bessalel – Chief Financial Officer. Bessalel is a seasoned startup executive and former Inc. 500 CEO with more than 30 years of business experience. During those decades, he has been starting, growing, investing in, and advising early-stage ventures in a wide variety of industries.


Mandy Dhaliwal Rao – Chief Marketing Officer. Dhaliwal Rao is a B2B technology marketing veteran with a Silicon Valley pedigree. During the course of her career, she has held senior leadership positions, driving top-line growth and orchestrating strategic partnerships at start-ups and publicly traded companies such as Legato, EMC, and SOASTA.

Jim Hoppe – Chief Operating Officer. Hoppe leads Fugue’s go-to-market strategy and operations, including global sales, channels and alliances, and all aspects of customer success and support. His 24 years of leadership experience began as an officer in the U.S. Navy and includes management positions at Legato, EMC, HP, and AtHoc.


Tim Webb – Chief Strategy Officer. Webb has made significant contributions to both new business creation and national security affairs over a 30-year career. He has helped Fugue with financing, operations and team building. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.


Heather Wiley – Chief People Officer (CPO). Wiley stresses the need for people and companies to come together to create the best workplace possible. Prior to joining Fugue, she held HR leadership roles at Sourcefire, Inc., The Hartford, and Citrix Systems.


Denison Wright – Vice President of Engineering. Wright brings more than 17 years of software product development experience and leadership in organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, prior to Fugue, he was a member of Blackboard’s LearnTM product leadership team.


Delivering Control at the Speed of DevOps

“Tools designed for yesterday’s IT needs struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of cloud infrastructure service innovation,” Stella added. Fugue cloud deployment and infrastructure automation software validates infrastructure as code–and policy as code–in design time with Fugue Compositions. The Fugue Conductor then enforces cloud operations, compliance, and corporate governance in the runtime. Explained Stella, “Install Fugue and declare the cloud you need, and Fugue makes it so–and makes sure it remains so.”


Fugue Launches Next-Generation System for Automating and Continuously Managing Cloud Infrastructure


Patented Solution Radically Simplifies Cloud Operations Complexity


Frederick, MD – August 9, 2016 – Fugue, Inc. announced today the first cloud-native technology that manages the full lifecycle of cloud infrastructure to enterprise IT standards. Fugue uniquely operates as the foundation layer for cloud-based enterprise application platforms, offering developers the ability to program and operate their entire cloud infrastructure across compute, storage, network, and data services. Following creation of the required cloud infrastructure, Fugue then automates the enforcement of corporate governance, compliance policies, and change controls.


Fugue consists of:


  • Fugue Compositions, created using Ludwig, a modular, compiled language designed for declaring cloud infrastructure and policies as code. Enterprise IT groups use Ludwig to define a set of cloud infrastructure libraries for specific cloud application requirements. These libraries can be shared and enforced across the organization, ensuring consistency in how cloud resources are consumed.
  • The Fugue Conductor, an orchestration engine that runs within the customer’s cloud account and operates as the “kernel” for cloud environments, continuously automating and enforcing infrastructure and policies. The Conductor, controlled via the Fugue CLI, constantly checks running resources and reconfigures them if changes occur that are inconsistent with Ludwig definitions, preventing configuration and compliance drift.


“As a Fugue design partner specializing in the federal, commercial and non-profit spaces, we see firsthand how regulatory compliance can impede cloud adoption and slow down innovation,” explained Michael Barbine, Senior DevOps Engineer at Excella Consulting. “Fugue’s continuous policy enforcement capabilities in production alleviate cloud adoption blockers and deliver the agility and control that our customers require. Fugue will help our customers fully realize the power of the cloud.”


Because Fugue features a language designed for declaring cloud infrastructure via provider APIs, there are no “black box” abstractions and management constraints. “Fugue is designed to support legacy applications migrated from the data center, today’s cloud-native applications, and future cloud services that we can’t even predict at this time,” said Fugue Co-founder and CEO Josh Stella.


Lars Cromley, Senior Product Manager with 2nd Watch, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, said, “I’ve worked closely as a design partner with the Fugue team over the last several quarters, and I can attest to the product’s unique ability to manage cloud infrastructure at the API layer across compute, storage, and network services. Fugue will help our customers quickly and efficiently migrate new workloads to the cloud and manage existing workloads at scale while meeting enterprise IT standards.”


Enterprise Cloud – a Core Application Platform

Over the past five years, enterprise cloud use has moved from isolated digital initiatives to scaled-out business-critical applications. “For enterprise IT groups to successfully manage a large collection of cloud resources assigned to different business units, across numerous applications, all at different points in their lifecycle, simply hiring more and more smart people isn’t enough. Infrastructure management today requires that companies empower their smart people with a smarter, more dynamic system such as Fugue,” said Stella.


When managing cloud workloads, most IT organizations attempt to adapt infrastructure management tools designed for traditional, static, on-premise data center environments. Today’s cloud environments, however, are dynamic and elastic, with resource creation and teardown frequency making manual tracking and administration unworkable. Fugue provides a way to design and validate an infrastructure definition in design time and then leverage a runtime component to ensure that all cloud resources are consistent with that definition, with correction executed should resources drift away from the original definition.


The New Era of Containers, Serverless, and Immutable Infrastructure

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud service provider abstracts the underlying IT infrastructure and provides services programmers leverage for running their applications. Fugue operates as the layer between the cloud and the services that further automate the deployment and management of middleware, databases, and other services that support applications. Easy to adopt and use, Fugue is widely compatible with existing tools and practices. It streamlines configuration management, container orchestration, and CI/CD workflows.


The reality for the tech community and for the market is that the full value of agility and innovation resulting from moving to the cloud has not yet been realized. Operating at scale in the cloud can be a highly complex and expensive proposition. As more and more enterprises move their applications to the cloud, the need for streamlined, automated management and enforcement of cloud infrastructure has now become business-critical.


“We are entering a new era of cloud computing. The digital economy is driving cloud adoption, yet cloud management technologies have not kept pace with demand for the cloud. We can no longer use point solutions and disparate tools designed for the data center to operate cloud infrastructure. This is where Fugue comes in. Specifically, Fugue allows teams to build, manage, and enforce their cloud by declaring what they need and managing infrastructure as processes,” explained Stella. “Running in the cloud at scale is hard. Fugue makes it simpler.”


Fugue Webinar: Radically Simplify Cloud Operations for the Digital Enterprise

Learn more about Fugue, the new system designed to reduce cloud complexity and operational costs, in an upcoming webinar which will explain:


  • The core components and architecture of the Fugue system
  • Fugue Compositions—declarative programs for creating and collaborating in the cloud
  • How to manage state, compliance, and enforcement with the Fugue Conductor


In addition, specific examples of how Fugue can help reduce costs and streamline cloud ops in a scalable, automated fashion will be provided.


Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Reserve your seat here.


About Fugue

Fugue is a cloud infrastructure deployment and automation system that radically simplifies cloud operations. Teams can use Fugue to declare the desired state of cloud infrastructure in a collaborative, human-friendly programming language. Fugue then automates the provisioning, management, and tear-down of complex cloud environments, as well as the enforcement of infrastructure state and policy compliance. With 8 patents granted and 16 pending, the company continues to meet pressing enterprise computing challenges with its innovative R&D. Fugue is privately held and headquartered in Frederick, MD, with offices in Washington, D.C., and San Jose, CA, and investments by New Enterprise Associates, Core Capital Partners, and the Maryland Venture Fund. To learn more about the company and request product access, visit our landing page,


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