Engine Yard Gets Acquired by Crossover

Tuesday Apr 25th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Ruby on Rails platform vendor recently sold its Deis business unit and now the whole company is being sold.

Engine Yard, a company that first made a name for itself as a leader in the Ruby on Rails (RoR) community, is being acquired by Crossover. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed.

Crossover is a bit of a different type of company and is more of a staffing and services vendor than a product vendor.

"Crossover (also known as Crossover for Work) not only connects companies to the best talent from around the world, but also provides a seamless end-to-end solution for remote team management," the Crossover website states.

The plan in bringing Engine Yard to Crossover is to help enable Ruby on Rails developers.

"Engine Yard has a decade of deep Ruby experience at the platform & support level and Crossover is the largest provider of Ruby developer cloud teams," Andy Tryba, CEO of Crossover & the new Engine Yard, said in a statement. "By combining these two – we can now move up the stack and create a full stack Ruby on Rails experience to be a one-stop shop for the 1M+ Ruby applications out there."

In recent years, Engine Yard had strayed somewhat from its focus on Ruby on Rails. In 2012, Engine Yard began supporting the Lithium PHP framework.

In 2015, Engine Yard went further afield and acquired OpDemand, which is the vendor that built the Deis Kubernetes services platform.Microsoft acquired Deis from Engine Yard earlier this month on April 10.

Though Engine Yard was an early backer and major contributor to Ruby on Rails, it never matched the platform breadth or user that rival Heroku managed to achieve. Saleforce acquired Heroku for $212 million back in December 2010.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseAppsToday and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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