Google buying cloud monitor startup Stackdriver

Founded by a pair of VMware alums, Stackdriver was designed as "Monitoring-as-a-Service" platform with a mantra of enabling DevOps administrators to "spend more time on dev and less on ops."

Google has announced it its in the works to acquire Stackdriver, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup providing full-stack cloud-native monitoring for Amazon Web Services and other cloud environments.

Founded by a pair of VMware alums, Stackdriver was established in 2012 as a "Monitoring-as-a-Service" platform with a mantra of enabling DevOps administrators to "spend more time on dev and less on ops."

Details are minimal about what Google plans to do with Stackdriver's technology beyond the fact that the company will be folded into the Cloud Platform team.

Tom Kershaw, a product manager on the Google Cloud Platform team, revealed in a blog post on Wednesday only that the department will be "investing more in this area in the coming months."

The door looks to still be open to serving Google's cloud industry competitors too.

The Stackdriver team followed up with a memo of their own, concluding with this snippet:

We remain committed to delivering a world-class service for Stackdriver’s current and future customers--regardless of your chosen infrastructure provider.  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.

Since March and leading up to the next I/O developer summit this June , Google has been busy bolstering its cloud portfolio to make itself more competitive with the likes of Amazon Web Services , IBM, and Microsoft Azure -- most obviously when it comes to pricing.

Touting that cloud pricing schemes should mimic hardware and "follow Moore's Law," Google slashed prices this spring on its pay-as-you-go services, with Google's big data analytics BigQuery engine seeing its on-demand rates chopped down by as much as 85 percent.

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