Investing in Armada

Announcing our investment in Armada.

Eric Tarczynski

December 11, 2023

The Cloud has enabled the scale, cost-efficiency, and accessibility required to bring millions of applications and billions of users online.

But the real world is messier than centralized compute and data centers can gracefully accommodate. The bedrock foundations of our economy — mining, energy, defense, freight, etc. — often require serious digital horsepower. Yet not even internet connectivity is guaranteed in many areas. Even if using the Cloud is possible, it’s often not reasonable. 

To bring these critical industries into the 21st Century, we need a new, full-stack platform capable of working anywhere, at Petabyte-scale and beyond.

This is why we’re investing in Armada

Armada’s first product, “Galleons”, are ruggedized, mobile, and modular data centers that deliver significant compute and storage capacity, alongside resilient connectivity. They seamlessly interface with local area networks and on-site assets, and they offer connectivity to internet-based resources through Starlink (or alternative satellite options), fiber, 5G, or other network infrastructures. Galleons are self-contained units, allowing for rapid deployment anywhere in the world.

Additionally, Armada’s Commander software platform delivers intelligent and context-aware alerts, diagnostics, and troubleshooting capabilities. It grants customers access to premium applications designed for running on the edge, capable of processing massive amounts of data generated during the operation of large industrial systems. 

We’re excited to invest in a vision so expansive, and one critical to our economy, industry, and national security. 

At Contrary, we go to great lengths to find entrepreneurs suited to their task at hand, and Armada founders Dan Wright and Jon Runyan could not be better equipped. Dan, for example, was formerly the CEO of DataRobot, a multi-billion-dollar leader in the AI and data space. 

We’re honored to back Armada’s Series A and share what the team is building. Learn more at

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