About Portainer

From open source project to global business; Portainer has remained true to its open source roots while seeking to serve critical deployments in commercial environments.

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Portainer history

Portainer was born in 2017 from founders Neil Cresswell and Anthony Lapenna's own struggle to learn Docker. They set out to create a simple tool to manage Docker - regardless of whether it was deployed standalone, in a cluster, on-premise, at the edge or in the cloud.

The result was Portainer's open source software project, Portainer CE, which at last count had over 500,000 global users. In August 2020, the project was expanded to include support for Kubernetes and Azure ACI as well as retaining full support for Docker & Docker Swarm.

Why Portainer Business?

As users of Portainer's open source project grew, so too did the range and breadth of use cases.

It was clear that to try and serve all use cases from the one product would become increasingly complex and likely lead to UX confusion. It was decided that a special purpose edition would be offered, focused specifically on the needs of business environments, as demanded by the CIO, CISO, and CTO.

Following in some well trodden tracks, the team embarked on building Portainer Business, which offers the support, security, control, reporting and analytics functionality business users need for an annual license fee. Portainer Business is built on top of the open source project and benefits from improvements made to the core.

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Open source origins

We believe passionately in the power of open source software and Portainer Community Edition will always be free to the community under a ZLIB license. However, with the launch of Portainer Business, we are now an Open-core company.  

By launching Portainer Business we hope to create a revenue stream that will allow us to fund the ongoing development and maintenance of Portainer CE. To learn more about our Open-core philosophy read our Tao of Portainer blog.

Born global

Portainer was born global, operating remotely, playing to its advantage as an agile software company. The team is spread all over the world, which brings a diversity of expertise and thinking it would be hard to accumulate any other way. It also provides the base for our 24/7 Portainer Business support offering.

While many are surprised to discover Portainer is currently headquartered in New Zealand, it is very much by choice. As an organisation, we work remotely by design and leverage our growing global footprint to the advantage of our team, customers, investors and business partners.

Leadership team

We know it is a cliche - but it's also true. Portainer is all about the talent behind it. For those of us taking the lead, we could not appreciate that more as our outstandingly talented team continues to grow both locally and internationally.


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Neil Cresswell

Co-Founder, CTO & CEO

Neil brings more than twenty
years’ experience in advanced
technology including
virtualization, storage and


Anthony Lapenna

Co-Founder / Product Owner

Anthony is a specialist in
infrastructure automation and
has a background in complex
software development and IT operations. He leads Portainer's global dev team..

Geoff Olliff Colour

Geoff Olliff

Director / COO

After a long career with tech
start-ups in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, Geoff contributes strategy and
operational thinking to the
Portainer team.

Company advisors


Kelsey Hightower

Kubernetes Expert

Kelsey is a developer advocate, open source aficionado, and a widely recognised Kubernetes expert. Kelsey has been an engineer at Puppet, CoreOS, and Google Cloud and specialises in containers, infrastructure as code and service meshes.

Brian Rodriguez

Bryan Rodriguez

IOT/Edge Specialist

Bryan is a visionary in orchestration and manageability for datacenter and edge platforms. He has a successful track record in developing automated and highly available systems in a vast array of environments.  As Platform Architect at Intel Corp, Bryan leads the IoT Group in architecting an autonomous edge platform, from robotics to large scale venues.