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Google Acquires Cloud Monitoring Startup Stackdriver to Improve Developer Experience

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Google announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Boston-based cloud monitoring startup Stackdriver to help improve its cloud computing services for developers. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Launched in 2012, Stackdriver offers monitoring and management for cloud-based apps, system and infrastructure, including Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. Stackdriver will continue to support current and future customers regardless of their choice of infrastructure, the company said.

“Our new colleagues on the Google Cloud Platform team share our passion for helping developers build great products,” Stackdriver said. “They also know a thing or two about data visualization, analytics, and cloud computing. We could not be more excited to join forces and innovate together.”

The Stackdriver team will join the Google Cloud Platform team in its Cambridge, Mass. office.

“Stackdriver has built a leading service to help developers intelligently monitor the apps and services they’re building and running in the cloud,”Tom Kershaw, Google Cloud Platform product manager said. “This allows customers to have more visibility into errors, performance, behavior, and operations. The teams are going to be working to integrate Stackdriver’s great functionality so that Google Cloud Platform customers can take advantage of these new advanced monitoring capabilities.”

Stackdriver’s product includes monitoring and automation for AWS, elastic and uptime monitoring, and Stack Scanner, which helps developers prevent outages and predict issues with its proprietary algorithm.

Monitoring is becoming an increasingly important part of cloud offerings as developers rely on clouds such as Google Cloud Platform to test and deploy apps. Monitoring and analytics providers have also seen investment interest, as web monitoring service New Relic recently raised $100 million in funding, and last year, managed services provider Datapipe acquired Newvem for AWS cloud analytics.

Google said it will invest more in monitoring in the coming months, but didn’t give any hints as to what those investments would be specifically.

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