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Engine Yard, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustrySoftware industry
  • Ezra Zygmuntowicz
  • Lance Walley
  • Tom Mornini
  • Jayson Vantuyl
United States
Key people
  • Beau Vrolyk
  • Alan Cyron
  • Dave McAllister
ProductsEngine Yard

Engine Yard is a San Francisco, California based, privately held[1] platform as a service company focused on Ruby on Rails, PHP and Node.js deployment and management.


Engine Yard, founded in 2006, offers a cloud application management platform.[2] Engine Yard co-founders include Tom Mornini, Lance Walley and Ezra Zygmuntowicz.[3]

John Dillon joined Engine Yard as CEO in 2009, and previously held the position of CEO at from 1999 through 2001.[4]

Engine Yard has sponsored a number of open-source projects since 2009.[5][6]

In August 2011, Engine Yard acquired to add PHP expertise to the Engine Yard team and platform.[7] In September 2011, the company launched a partner program that includes over 40 cloud technology companies. These partners provide add-on services such as application performance management, email deliverability, load testing and more, within the Engine Yard Platform.

In November 2011, the company added the Node.js server-side framework into its PaaS.[8]

In early 2012, Engine Yard reported that its revenue doubled year over year to $28 million in 2011, and the number of paying customers rose 50 percent to 2,000 in that time.[8] Engine Yard claims that with its $28 million in revenue for 2011 it is the leading open platform as a service.[9]

Early in 2013, under the guidance of Eamon Leonard and PJ Hagerty, Engine Yard began what many recognize as the first Developer Relations team. Bringing together content, events, and other outreach ideas, the team delivered to developers educational and promotional materials[10]. The methods used were shared with Github, Twilio, and New Relic in an effort to improve the experience of developers across the board.

In June 2013, Engine Yard formed a strategic alliance with Microsoft[11] and went live on Windows Azure marketplace on July 31, 2013. Developers can use this open source Platform-as-a-Service running on Microsoft cloud infrastructure to deploy web and mobile apps.

In April 2015, Engine Yard announced the acquisition of OpDemand and their container PaaS Deis.[12]

In April 2017, Microsoft acquired container platform Deis from Engine Yard [13][14][15] and Engine Yard announced it was being acquired by Crossover, a provider of cloud-based Ruby teams.[16]


In January 2008, Engine Yard received an investment of $3.5 million from Benchmark Capital. Some industry commentators interpreted this as an investment in Ruby on Rails.[17]

In July 2008, Engine Yard secured an additional $15 million from a combination of Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Amazon.[18]

In October 2009, Engine Yard received an additional $19 million in funding from a combination of Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Amazon, Bay Partners, Presidio Ventures and DAG Ventures, for a total of $37.5 million in funding.

In November 2012, Oracle Corporation announced that it made a strategic minority investment in Engine Yard. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. Engine Yard continues to operate as an independent company.

See also


  1. ^ Taylor, Colleen (June 23, 2011), "Tech giants are hungry for M&A — really hungry", gigaom, retrieved July 29, 2012
  2. ^ Gardner, Dana (July 14, 2008), Amazon helps boost Engine Yard's cloud computing efforts with capital infusion,, retrieved July 29, 2012
  3. ^ Park, Anthony (September 14, 2010), "Engine Yard Interview with Tom Mornini, CTO and Co Founder",, retrieved July 29, 2012
  4. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik (February 7, 2011), "Engine Yard CEO John Dillon Talks About Competing Against His Old Company,", AllThingsD, retrieved July 29, 2012
  5. ^ Krill, Paul (13 January 2009). "Engine Yard powers SOA for the cloud". InfoWorld. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  6. ^ Taft, Darryl K. (December 2010). "Engine Yard Launches Open-Source Grant Program". eWeek. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ Engine Yard Conducts Orchestra Acquisition, Adds PHP PaaS, CRN, August 23, 2011, retrieved April 6, 2012
  8. ^ a b Darrow, Barb (February 9, 2012), "Veteran PaaS player Engine Yard claims big momentum", gigaom, retrieved July 29, 2012
  9. ^ Taft, Darryl K. (February 10, 2012), "Engine Yard Claims Top PaaS Position With $28M in Revenue", eWeek, retrieved July 29, 2012
  10. ^ Engine Yard and Our Community, May 14, 2013, archived from the original on 2013-05-14
  11. ^ Engine Yard Azure support announcement, July 31, 2013, archived from the original on 2013-08-20
  12. ^ Engine Yard Joins Forces With OpDemand, April 14, 2015
  13. ^ Microsoft to acquire Deis to help companies innovate with containers, April 10, 2017
  14. ^ Deis to Join Microsoft, April 10, 2017, archived from the original on April 16, 2017, retrieved June 29, 2017
  15. ^ Microsoft acquires Kubernetes experts Deis from Engine Yard, April 10, 2017
  16. ^ Engine Yard Acquired by Crossover, April 25, 2017
  17. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (January 11, 2008), "Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard", TechCrunch, retrieved July 29, 2012
  18. ^ Lerner, Reuven (July 14, 2008), Engine Yard Secures $15 Million in Funding,, retrieved July 29, 2012