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There’s a land grab underway as the industrial internet of things continues to shift from thought experiment to technology deployment, and a Seattle startup working on a container-based method for deploying IoT apps just got a little more runway to build out that product. has now raised $17 million in funding over the last few years, according to a company representative, with the addition of a new $5 million round from Soracom, a division of massive Japanese wireless carrier KDDI Corp. Soracom, which makes wireless technology designed to connect devices within industrial internet of things setups, is also partnering with on forthcoming products that will work more closely together.

Computing power and internet connectivity are making their way into more and more places in modern factories and other industrial settings, as manufacturers and building operators start to realize they can extract interesting data that could make their workflows more efficient. However, it’s a little more challenging to manage these types of devices than it is a stable of PCs or servers, given the constraints under which they operate, and big cloud providers are spending a lot of time and effort positioning themselves for this shift. makes a software-development platform based on a custom version of Linux that helps users build and deploy IoT applications for devices. The company’s software also uses a Docker-compatible container engine that helps developers update their applications much more easily than they could if they had to update each and every IoT device on a rolling basis. (You’ll learn more about the performance benefits of containerized infrastructure during our DevOps/Containers tech track at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, June 27th in Bellevue.)

The company, now up to 50 employees, chose to set up shop in Seattle back in 2015 in part because of the area’s rich history of manufacturing and industrial operations, founder and CEO Alexandros Marinos told GeekWire at the time. Previous investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, GE, Ericsson, and Aspect Ventures.

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