Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tropo Launches on Apcera for Real-Time Telco APIs

Apcera, a start-up backed by Ericsson that offers a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that deploys, orchestrates and governs workloads on premise and in the cloud, announced a partnership with Tropo to provide telcos and developers a platform for building and delivering mission-critical communications apps.  Tropo specializes in real-time telco APIs.  These will now be offered running on Apcera's Continuum policy-driven platform-as-a-service (PaaS).  The planned joint solution will be deployed by a Tier 1 carrier in 2015.

Tropo's APIs allow telcos, developers and enterprises to quickly create and deploy real-time voice, video and messaging apps.

“Apcera is a young, agile company that is leveraging its innovative technology to reinvent the PaaS market, much like Tropo has done in the communications-as-a-service space,” said Jason Goecke, CEO and president of Tropo. “Our solutions are perfect complements to each other, and bringing them together will give our customers a great opportunity to leverage a leading-edge PaaS to speed new cloud-based communications apps to market, while ensuring a high level of security.”

Apcera's Continuum PaaS++ ensures reserved capacity and more fine-grained control over resources, including network and service access.

“Tropo shares our vision for delivering the platform and solutions telcos require to develop new offerings to differentiate themselves in a competitive market,” said Derek Collison, founder and CEO of Apcera. “We look forward to working with Tropo to showcase the ease with which new, high-performance communications apps can be quickly developed and securely deployed with our respective offerings.”


  • In September 2014, Ericsson announced its acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. Financial terms were not disclosed.  Apcera's Continuum PaaS works across cloud, on premise and hybrid environments. Ericsson said the addition of Apcera's technology enables it to provide cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.
  • Apcera was founded in 2012 with investment from True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rakuten, Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective. The cinoabt was started by former Google and VMware executive Derek Collison with the intent of bridging the divide between developers and ops organizations with an enterprise-class platform that integrates policy and security from the start.