Fastly acquires developer platform Glitch to bring apps to the edge

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Edge cloud platform provider Fastly has acquired Glitch, a developer platform for creating and sharing full-stack web apps with nearly two million active users.

Glitch will continue to operate under Fastly, with the acquisition focused on expanding the platform’s team as well as allowing Glitch apps to use Fastly’s edge computing services.

 “Fastly was founded by developers, for developers and, together with Glitch, we take an important step forward in making it easier for customers to innovate at a layer in the software stack that they could not access before,” said Artur Bergman, chief architect at Fastly.

“This acquisition brings together two of the world’s best ecosystems for application development into a single, seamless developer experience to deliver globally performant, secure and reliable applications at scale.”

Once Fastly and Glitch are integrated, developers will be able to leverage a “Yes Code” environment to take devs from Hello World to deploy quickly and at global scale, all the while increasing the breadth of their applications’ use cases with the click of a button.

The Glitch team will form a new “Developer Experience” team within Fastly, led by Glitch’s current CEO, Anil Dash, that will leverage the company’s experience to create a host of tools and resources for users. This will range from remixable starter app templates to blogs, tutorials, and talks.

Dash said: “At Glitch, we’ve always been about making it as easy as possible to go from an idea to a running app. By teaming up with Fastly, we’re going to be able to give superpowers to our community of millions of coders and creators, and set the stage for them to tap into the huge potential of Fastly’s globally distributed edge platform in the future.”

Fastly is best known as a content delivery network (CDN), providing fast delivery to leading sites such as Amazon, CNN, and Reddit. The acquisition price has not been disclosed.

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