Resin.io Launches And Raises Cash To Aid IoT Development


The internet of things (IoT) is getting a lot of attention right now. It is, after all, an alluring story – 50 billion or so devices and sensors connected to the internet and all delivering immense amounts of valuable data that is just waiting to be harnessed for the betterment of corporations, individuals and the world. Or at least that is the general tone of the multitudinous press releases about new IoT offering that cross my desk every day.

But missing in the noise is an appreciation for just how hard it is to build applications that leverage the IoT. While traditional development paradigms were designed for large footprint devices and hence could be a little on the beefy side, development for IoT has a real requirement to be as lightweight as possible. Add to that the fact that IoT devices often sit in inhospitable locations and don’t have a direct user-interface, and you’ve got some specific requirements.

Which is what Resin.io is trying to solve. The company is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $3 million funding round led by DFJ. Resin offers a management infrastructure for “headless”devices. In other words, it makes it easier to control those multitude of connected devices that have no direct interface into them. Resin offers full management as well as over-the-air updating – an important aspect of IoT management. The idea being that both management and development time will be greatly reduced.

Part of the value proposition of Resin is extending Linux Containers to new architectures – Resin allows simply firmware deployments to be made using Git, and supports i386, ARMv6 and ARMv7 architectures. Resin also covers provisioning, log collection, device management, transparent cross-compilation, and a secure communication channel

Resin is bringing together parts of what other vendors do but, importantly, is doing it all within a single platform. Rather than being tied to a particular chip, device or architecture, Resin supports a broad range of use cases.

Of course Resin isn’t the only company thinking about the management of all these connected devices, but there are certainly less than one would expect, especially considering the amount of buzz that IoT is creating. Whether Resin will be able to carve itself a niche, or whether it will quickly be snapped up by a large technology vendor (as happened to another IoT platform startup Octoblu which was acquired by Citrix soon after launching).

It will be interesting to see where this one goes.

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