Vapor IO: $90 Million Funding And Cloudflare Partnership

By Amit Chowdhry ● January 24, 2020
  • Vapor IO announced a partnership with Cloudflare and a $90 million Series C funding round

Vapor IO — the creators Kinetic Edge platform and Kinetic Edge Exchange (KEX) — announced that Cloudflare is going to be rolling out its cloud services on the Kinetic Edge platform nationwide. The Kinetic Edge platform and KEX is the first fully-integrated hardware and software platform for edge colocation, exchange, and networking services.

And Vapor IO also announced it completed its Series C round of funding at a total of $90 million to build out the Kinetic Edge platform in 36 U.S. markets by the end of 2021.

“Cloudflare is a true edge pioneer,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “By offering Cloudflare’s performance and security services through Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge platform, we will collectively unleash a new generation of applications that demand ultra-low latency and high bandwidth capabilities at the edge of the network. Developers will be able to deploy Cloudflare Workers to run serverless applications in Kinetic Edge cities, in close proximity to the devices they serve. Together we will drive the Third Act of the Internet, a fundamental re-architecting of how data is created, ingested, processed and routed at the outermost edges of the Internet.”

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Vapor IO serves the world’s largest carriers, operators, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises. And its Kinetic Edge platform combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. Currently, the company’s Kinetic Edge platform is already live in Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. And it is already building out an additional 16 multi-site cities in 2020.

“Vapor IO has an aggressive rollout plan that spans the entire U.S.,” added Nitin Rao, Head of Global Infrastructure at Cloudflare. “Our mission is to help build a better Internet and our customers demand from us the most performant platform with a consistent experience across geographies. By partnering with Vapor IO, we’re able to deliver the benefits of our edge computing platform, Cloudflare Workers, to a wide array of new locations.”