VENN 3.64 Galactic Fog - Galactic Fog

1x1 interview with a technology thought leader

Daniel Lizio-Katzen, CEO


6 Nov 2018

2:00 PM (EST)



129 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001


VENN 3.64 featured the CEO of Galactic Fog to help analyze the expanding container and functions as a service landscape emerging with increased container adoption. Galactic Fog originated from a need to reduce complexity and build applications faster and more efficiently. The company’s core product, Gestalt, provides a platform that massively simplifies and reduces the amount of time it takes to get code to market in a scalable and secure manner.

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Peter Steube

Hello, everybody. My name is Peter Steube, Managing Director of the ETR VENN platform. I'm joined by Erik Bradley, Chief Engagement Strategist for aptiviti. Also Managing Director of VENN. Thank you for joining us for VENN 3.64. Today's webinar interview features Galactic Fog CEO Daniel Lizio-Katzen. Daniel, we'll allow you to give a more detailed introduction shortly. Thank you for joining us, first and foremost today. As a quick introduction here, Galactic Fog is a leading Functions as a Service vendor, effectively enabling enterprises to both accelerate and optimize their serverless, cloud-native and containerized environments.

Galactic Fog is also one of the first vendors that VENN is talking to or interviewing in conjunction with ETR's expanded universe of CIO spending, and that comes through our study, which we'll actually be launching tomorrow. The new survey is called the Emerging Technology Study (ETS), and it is focused on earlier-stage enterprise companies like Galactic Fog. This survey is not measuring actual commitments of spending, like our traditional survey that we've done over the course of the past ten years, but it is more focused intently on brand awareness leading up to plans to evaluate, adopt, and ultimately deploy further. For our CIO members that are listening in, please keep an eye out for that invitation to participate, as well as the results in the coming weeks here. The findings will be key in pinpointing the enterprise traction and landscape disruption by privately held vendors like Galactic Fog.

Also, please keep in mind that, if you are listening in live, you are on mute. We have received and will field any of your pre-submitted questions. If you'd like to submit a live question to us, you could use our e-mail address, which is And as a reminder for all of our vendors, as with all of our VENN interviews, we will be recording today's discussion, publishing an executive summary, full transcript and replay, all of which is available to you via your ETR+ login. Of course, you can reach out to us and let us know if you're having difficulty with your access.

Before I lose my breath, Daniel, thank you very much for joining us today. I would appreciate you giving us an overview of who Galactic Fog is and what you guys do. I think that that might be the best way for us to start. And then, also, if you want to layer in some of your personal experience, Daniel, I know that that would be extremely appreciated by the audience that will be tuning in, whether live or afterwards.

Daniel Lizio-Katzen

Absolutely and thank you very much for the overview. And yes, that was a lot in one breath; impressive lungs there. Galactic Fog, as a business, is about four years old. We actually were started by a team that has built cloud abstraction layers previously, a team behind something called Service Mesh, which was bought by CSC back in 2013. All of us have backgrounds that are steeped in both enterprise, as well as in startups. And we tend to go back and forth, a little while in the large enterprise, and then we get the startup bug and are right back at it.

Really, where Galactic Fog came from in our principal product, which is called Gestalt, is a need that we saw coming from the enterprise to be able to build software faster. You have many, many large, regulated enterprises that are looking at the speed of development that companies like Google and Facebook and other leading technology shops are achieving, and really wondering why they can't do it the same way internally.

Especially when you focus on finance or insurance or health care, there's a lot of additional regulatory burdens that they have to go through and red tape that they have to tackle, which can slow things down. When you look at the flip side of the benefits that new technologies like containers and Function as a Service (FaaS) - sometimes called serverless - bring to those businesses, specifically reducing the amount of resistance in the software development life cycle, while at the same time improving security and reducing the surface area that can be attacked by outside, or even internal, malicious parties, they can't really be ignored.

We really set ourselves on a path to build out the Gestalt platform to enable large, regulated enterprises to build software faster. Really, to have their software development teams focus on actually building software that improves the key differentiators for their businesses, as opposed to focusing on configuring very temperamental open source software like Kubernetes or things like Docker or more and more complicated public clouds.

We actually sit on top of those technologies. We provide all the benefits of those technologies, but we do it in a way so that development teams don't necessarily need to learn every detail about configuring Docker, Kubernetes or serverless. They can just use the tools that are provided, and then take advantage of those benefits. And that's our product at a very, very high level.

Peter Steube

Thanks a lot, Daniel. And maybe if you could give the folks on the line who may not have heard of you, just kind of an overview of where you guys stand as a business today. In terms of the engagements that you do have with folks in the enterprise landscape, what does your typical customer look like? And maybe if you could home in a little bit more specifically on, as a customer approaches you or you link up with a customer who seems well-aligned, what's the key problems that you're solving for them? Or what are some specific use cases that you could point to that you think are maybe overarching, in terms of riding the wave of serverless, containerized environments, which a lot of our community is moving towards? But maybe you could just kind of go into some more specific detail.

Daniel Lizio-Katzen

Sure. Well, as I mentioned, we primarily deal with large, regulated enterprises. Those are typically in three or four industries: finance, insurance and health care and pharmaceuticals. We are pleased to have companies representing a few of the top five in each of those verticals already as our customers, which we think is very cool but really, we can't take entire advantage of.

As I mentioned previously, the market is very quickly adopting containers and container as a service.

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