SolarWinds Boosts Cloud Offerings With Loggly Acquisition

Scott Ferguson

SolarWinds is looking to expand its cloud computing portfolio with a deal to buy Loggly, a San Francisco-based firm that makes SaaS-based log monitoring and log analytics software.

The two companies announced the acquisition on Monday, January 8, although financial details were not released. Founded in 2009, Loggly has raised about $47.4 million in capital funding since that time, according to CrunchBase.

In a statement, SolarWinds executives noted that the company plans to add Loggly's software to its own monitoring tools and is offering to give customers deeper insights into their infrastructure, applications and digital assets.

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"Rapidly visualizing vast amounts of data through log analytics is absolutely critical to solving many problems in today’s diverse, complex cloud-application and microservices environments," Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products for SolarWinds, wrote.

SolarWinds already has a suite of SaaS-based tools for creating reports and interpreting data from the network, which include Papertrail, AppOptics and Pingdom. The addition of Loggly will add to those capabilities and bring new customers, including Dell, Lenovo, PizzaHut and EA.

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Loggly's software-as-a-service offerings also add a layer of visualization to the monitoring process, which adds greater insights and analysis of the data. As the company noted in its own statement about the deal:

Logs have been around almost as long as computers, and they’re a key part of what every developer does. Making ugly log data tell its story in a beautiful way is essential to helping developers and Ops people solve problems faster, and keep those insights coming.

It's not clear if all Loggly employees will move over to SolarWinds, but the two companies noted that Manoj Chaudhary, the CTO and vice president of engineering for Loggly, and Vito Salvaggio, the vice president of product for Loggly, will join SolarWinds in leadership positions.

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1/14/2018 | 5:57:24 PM
Re: employees
That does seem to be the pattern of course. Cutting expenses and maybe later spinning off the business at a profit. Of course if there was contemplation of a huge increase in earnings and profits quickly, there would be no sale to begin with and one would have seen additional hiring.
1/10/2018 | 2:51:56 AM
Re: employees
Exactly. This isn't an acquihire deal. Employees here are going to be downsized with time as they wrap up whatever they were doing and the company figures out who is redundant and who isn't. 
1/9/2018 | 1:01:07 PM
The way these things go, a fair number of employees will probably transfer over at first. But after some time, the company will assess and consider some of them redundant, and you'd have a round of downsizing.
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