Google buys Stackdriver in cloud developer land grab


Stackdriver's app performance monitoring dashboard.

Credit: Stackdriver

Smarter app analytics for Google Cloud Platform apps.

Stackdriver, a cloud application monitoring solution designed to serve the DevOps community, is the latest company to get gobbled up by the Googleplex. Today, Google announced it bought the startup for an undisclosed sum. 

Intriguingly, Stackdriver Intelligent Monitoring -- the startup's flagship product -- is focused on monitoring applications running on Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. (For instance, popular photo sharing site SmugMug is a mutual AWS/Stackdriver customer).

Stackdriver lets operations teams to keep watch for bottlenecks and "have more visibility into errors, performance, behavior, and operations," as Google's official blog post puts it. The plan is to build that functionality into Google Cloud Platform and offer developers better app analytics, the search giant promises in that same entry.

That integration may be enough to bolster Google Cloud Platform's appeal amongst AWS developers, but it's worth noting that at the time of writing, a message on Stackdriver's homepage promised that the product won't be going Google-only anytime soon.

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

Word is mum on whether or not Stackdriver-powered analytics will be a premium feature in the world of the Google Cloud Platform, but it seems unlikely given that the Goog is still trying to find ways and means to woo developers away from the vastly more entrenched Amazon Web Services ecosystem. These kinds of advanced features can make all the difference when it comes to cloud selection in a way that price doesn't. 

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