1. Give us your organization’s quick origin story!
I co-founded Ridge with Nir Sheffi and Mati Lerner in 2018. We were all interested in the question of how cloud computing was going to support workloads all over the world. We found it improbable that all of the new applications being developed were going to run out of a couple of dozen locations operated by a few hyper-scale cloud providers. I was a co-founder of Akamai, where we pioneered the idea of the Content Delivery Network (CDN). We gave content providers a global infrastructure deployed in thousands of locations to improve the performance, reliability, and scalability of their websites.
Here at Ridge, together with my co-founders and our team, we set out to create a similarly distributed architecture for cloud applications. At Ridge, we can customize a cloud to create a presence in any location and any existing infrastructure, thereby changing the way people think about the public cloud.
2. What problem are you currently solving in the KC tech industry?
We’ve learned that no single cloud architecture is enough for the applications we’re seeing today. Companies and developers need the flexibility to serve their applications best anywhere they need. Ridge gives them that freedom. Our cloud is scalable on-demand, it doesn’t require any new CAPEX, and it can easily be a part of any hybrid or multi-cloud architecture. In addition, it has the flexibility to handle emerging location-dependent apps, such as the new wave of Internet of Things applications. Many KC-based companies want to keep their data and applications local as opposed to running out of California or New Jersey. There are outstanding local service providers who partner with the top local companies. Ridge can help by allowing modern, cloud-native applications to run in these local environments.
3. What can we expect to see from your company/organization in the next year?
Ridge’s cloud is already available in over 150 locations. Over the next year, we will see our footprint continue to grow. We will continue to enhance our support of enterprise needs by adding new PoPs to Ridge Cloud and adding cloud-native services on top of existing and available infrastructure in locations around the world.
4. How can KCTC members get more involved?
We are always looking to make new connections and spread the word about the power of the distributed cloud. Any KCTC affiliated company that uses local data centers (in-house or outsourced) and wants to be able to run modern, cloud-native applications, should talk to us – we can make that a reality! We’d be happy to learn more about your needs and to show you a full demo of our platform. You can also learn more by looking at our blog.
ABOUT JONATHAN SEELIG
1. If your office was The Office, what character would you be?
It's so hard to choose! I would have to say that I have a bit of Jim’s fun-loving sense of humor and Dwight’s passion for his job. I’m just hoping that the people who work with me don’t have too many Michael-like stories to share…
2. What’s an app you can’t live without?
Instagram. I have three teenage sons and I sometimes feel that I learn more about what’s going on in their lives from social media than I do from sitting down at the dinner table with them.
3. What’s your favorite hidden gem in Kansas City?
Not to give away ALL of my secrets, but I love contemporary art and whenever I am in Kansas City, I always try to visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. There was an installation by an artist I really like named Rafael Lozano-Hemmer last year – I didn’t get to see it because I just wasn’t traveling much during Covid.
4. What technology tip are you always giving your clients?
The only way for your amazing new technology to be consumed is if you can deploy it where it’s needed.