Civo was born when our small team first came together to create an OpenStack-based cloud for a shared hosting provider. Riding high on that success, the fledgling team formally became Civo and quickly saw an opportunity for a community-led, developer-focused cloud platform.
In 2017 the Civo Club 100 beta was launched, with 100 fantastic testers from all over globe contributing to shape the first iteration of our platform – providing a fast, reliable IaaS solution with a strong community focus. The idea and the vision were there, but entering an already crowded market and competing against some major players was really challenging for a small start-up with a modest budget.
However, it wasn’t long before Kubernetes caught our attention – specifically Rancher’s k3s distribution. It was a great fit for our goal of creating a quick and easy platform for developers to integrate with their CI/CD and edge scenarios.
In 2019 we went all in and took Civo in a new direction, launching the world’s first k3s-powered, managed Kubernetes service into beta.
Our beta has been a massive success (learn more about our progress here), with a thriving community of passionate Kubernetes users; from beginners to battle-hardened k8s veterans.
Our community, as we hoped, have been pivotal to the evolution of the beta and have provided invaluable feedback, a lot of which has resulted in tangible change to our offering.
There are companies out there offering all possible features and services and have lost track of truly supporting a single market properly, trying to offer every possible feature and overwhelming everyone with choices and clutter. So, we've decided to focus on a market that is just the same as us.
We believe in putting our community at the heart of everything we do, which is why our roadmap is heavily influenced by suggestions from our users.