> We quickly realized our greatest value was not necessarily at the orchestration layer, but rather it was the intuitive multicloud control plane we were building (Containership Cloud). Though difficult, we made the choice to abandon our work on open source containership, and pivot to delivering customers the same sort of experience using Kubernetes.
> It has been nearly a year and a half since the Containership Cloud replatform, and we have failed to monetize Containership Cloud in such a way that we could build a sustainable business.
The mean life of cloud services seems be under five years.
(Disclaimer: I work for Rancher)
What was provided beside a GUI on top of the clouds api?
EDIT: if you read the article, they "failed to monetize" so there's your answer. Because they failed to monetize, it's hard to know what they could have done differently to monetize.
Is that a different question than "why you failed?" from the GP?
it implies doing something dumb as much as 'not succeeding'
... which is to say, not at all
It seems to me some customers would prefer that to a shutdown.