Dec 22nd, 2022 - The Cycle Team
2022 A Year In Review
Life at a startup often feels like a 100-meter sprint, head down, and
focused until you cross the finish line. Only then do you really know what
you have achieved. While a startup's work is never finished, every year we
take a pause to reflect on what we have achieved over the past twelve
months. And boy, was 2022 a good one!
So, What Have We Been up to in 2022?
Here are a few of the highlights from 2022 and a sneak peek into what lies
ahead for 2023.
A Busy Year for our Technical Team
We started out the year with a slew of platform and portal improvements and
continued to roll out hundreds of new additions and fixes throughout the
year. Included in these updates were several strategic releases that
garnered a lot of attention and positive customer feedback:
Infrastructure Abstraction Layer: In November, we
released one of the most significant releases in recent years by
adding our Infrastructure Abstraction Layer, or IAL. With IAL,
companies can now use Cycle to manage infrastructure anywhere,
including on-prem, edge, and IoT devices. For more details on this
important release, check out our
GPU Support: In July, we announced the release of
GPU support for all datacenter class NVIDIA GPUs, enabling companies
to manage GPUs alongside VMs and Bare Metal using Cycle. If you are
not familiar with the GPU update, check out our
Changelog: The introduction of our Changelog
earlier this year has made it easy to keep up to date with all of
our improvements and new features. All Cycle account holders receive
our Changelog automatically but you can also find them on our
Changelog page on our website.
Ramping Up our Sales and Marketing Efforts
During the year we added significant expertise to our sales and marketing
efforts and it’s already bearing fruit. In 2022, we saw the average MRR for
new customers more than triple, a sign that our value proposition is
resonating with increasingly larger organizations. On the marketing side,
there were a number of initiatives that made headlines!
In The News: We received a lot of good press in 2022
that helped promote our opinionated view of where the market is today
and where it's heading in the future. Charles Humble wrote an article
that was published in
that discussed the complexity around Kubernetes and how companies like
Cycle can fill the void. We were also featured in a
article by Twain Taylor who argued the case for needing alternatives to
Kubernetes. Bill Doerrfeld published a Thought Leadership piece in
discussing the benefits of abstracting infrastructure and highlighted
the work we are doing here at Cycle to address this need. Great timing
as the article was published soon after we released IAL!
Cycle Podcast Series: Our podcasts have proven to be a
wonderful way to get our story out, speaking with industry executives
and experts in an informal environment to talk about a wide range of
topics including technical integrations, partnerships, challenges of
startup life, and deep conversations around leadership. Check out our
list of podcasts and keep an eye
out for more that are currently in the works. We’ll be dropping our next
one on January 11th, 2023.
Partnerships: Cycle has been fortunate to have some
great partners over the years, collaborating on technical opportunities
and working together on related co-marketing initiatives. Given the
positive experiences we have had through these relationships, we decided
it was time to launch our own partner program earlier this summer. The
initial launch of the program is focused on Venture Studios and Software
Development Agencies. You can find out more about this program by
With in-person meetings back, we spent an increasing amount of time working
with partners, attending conferences, and meeting with customers.
KubeCon:, This past October, we sent a delegation down
to Detroit to attend KubeCon 2022. KubeCon is all about Kubernetes, but
we continue to hear an increasing number of grumblings and complaints
around the complexity of deploying and maintaining this behemoth. Feels
like the tide is turning and the LowOps story we tell around simplicity
and reduced cost is starting to resonate with more and more companies.
Gartner IO: The last event of the year was a trip down
to Vegas to attend the Garter IO conference. While there, we managed to
spend a little time at Rising Cloud’s booth, one of our long-time
partners who are making waves of their own. Much of the conversation at
the conference was focused on the need for simplification of DevOps and
the trend back to on-prem and bare metal. It is yet another indication
that Cycle is on the right track.
Meetups Are Back: After a two-year hiatus, Cycle held
our first in-person developer meetup. It was great to be back out in the
community, talking with so many talented and passionate individuals and
to hear about all the exciting work that is going on around us. We are
planning a lot more Meetups in 2023 so stay tuned!
Looking Forward to 2023, Expect More of the Same!
As we discussed above, there are plenty of indicators to suggest that the
message of simplicity and cost will continue to dominate the conversation in
2023 and Cycle is positioned very well to take advantage of these trends. We
will continue to talk about LowOps/reducing complexity and the implications
of a move back to bare metal and on-prem infrastructure. Expect many more
exciting features that support this message!
Finally, as 2022 comes to a close, we can’t help but think of what made this
year truly special: the people who have supported our journey. Thank you to
all our investors, customers, and partners. Without you, this year would not
have been the same.
On behalf of all of us at Cycle,
Happy New Year!
💡 Interested in trying the Cycle platform?
Create your account
today! If you need any additional assistance setting up and using the Cycle Certificate Manager, get in touch with us via the
Cycle Slack community to connect with our dev team and other Cycle users.