Google Acquires Stackdriver To Enhance Cloud Computing Services


Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Stackdriver, a start-up offering services for developers to monitor apps and services in the cloud. Stackdriver will be amalgamated into Google’s cloud platform team.

The team will work to integrate the functionality of Stackdriver with that of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s cloud platform so that customers are able to access the monitoring capabilities, thus giving more updates on the errors, performance, behavior, and operations, said Tom Kershaw, a Google product manager in a blog.

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Stackdriver services largely focus on AWS

The start-up was established in 2012 with the vision to offer tools for monitoring Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other cloud environments in the wake of increased cloud hosting. The team at the company said that it will remain dedicated to offering a world-class service for Stackdriver’s current and potential customers across any infrastructure providing service.

“And because Google is fully committed to the cloud, expect us to continue to be as agile and responsive as ever as we begin this next chapter in our journey,” the post added.

Until now, Stackdriver used to design its services primarily for Amazon Web Service, however, the service is compatible with other service providers like Rackspace and with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Compute Engine. The company mentioned on its website that the largest customers of AWS use Stackdriver.

Acquisition to boost Google cloud services

The search engine giant is trying to differentiate its cloud service from others by adding new features. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) slashed prices, and that move was followed by Amazon Web Service and Microsoft  Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Azure both cutting their prices in April.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) has offering its cloud services to customers for several years, but some developers feel that services offered by other platforms are easier to use than that of Google. Before the acquisition of Stackdriver, Google had only limited monitoring capabilities, which is a very important feature for developers who need to know exactly when an app stopped working.

In a separate news, Appetas in Seattle, the team at a designer of mobile-ready websites for restaurants, was also taken in by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG). Appetas said that its team will close all services and merge in Google, however, not stating further details of the transaction. There was no immediate comment from Google.

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