Development As A Service Platform Cloud9 Raises $5.5M From Accel And Atlassian Software

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Cloud9 IDE, a commercial development as a service (DaaS) platform, has raised $5.5 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and product development software company Atlassian Software.

Cloud9 IDE, which spawned from Ajax.org, is aiming to be the IDE for Javascript developers (Javascript creator Brendan Eich is an advisor to the startup). Founded in 2010, Cloud9 provides a cloud-based commercial integrated development environment that allows web and mobile developers to work together in remote teams anywhere, anytime. The platform’s NodeJS framework supports HTML5, Python, Ruby and PHP.

Cloud9 enables developers to easily start projects behind a single URL, share their code, and collaborate with co-developers all over the world without having to install anything on the client. Over 30,000 developers around the world are already using Cloud9, which only launched to the public in March of this year, to build and collaborate on software projects.

The platform runs in the browser and lives in the cloud, allowing development teams run, debug and deploy applications from anywhere, anytime. The DaaS also offers syntax support for popular programming languages; the ability to simultaneously collaborate on code and projects; the ability to run, realtime code analysis; the ability to debug and test applications; and includes GitHub, Bitbucket and Joyent integration. Cloud9 offers a free version and a premium offering which runs $15 per month.

While we know Accel is actively looking for investments in the enterprise infrastructure market; Atlassian as an investor is a bit of a surprise. This is the first investment for the company, which raised $60 million from Accel a year ago. Cloud9 will be the first investment for the Atlassian.

Scott Farquhar, Atlassian CEO and co-founder, says that Cloud9′s platform is complimentary to Atlassian’s development software. For background, Atlassian’s software development and collaboration tools help teams conceive, plan, build and launch products. Products include JIRA (issue tracker) and Confluence (content collaboration). The company’s offerings are used by over 20,000 customers around the world, including Facebook, Zynga, Cisco, and Adobe.

Cloud9 will use the funds to add support for multiple languages, platforms, and cloud/mobile SDKs. The investment will also be used expand the startup’s Amsterdam development team and open a new US headquarters in San Francisco.