Google Inc. (GOOG:US) is acquiring Stackdriver Inc., a startup that specializes in helping companies that use online computing services from Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN:US) and Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX:US), ramping up competition for cloud customers.
The deal will help Google’s customers get more information about how the search provider’s cloud services are performing, Tom Kershaw, a product manager at Google, wrote in a blog post. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Google, which has trailed Amazon in Web services that store data and deliver software online for other companies, is aiming to woo customers by offering more tools that help startups and businesses seeking to cut costs. Google, which recently cut prices, competes with Amazon, Rackspace and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) in cloud computing.
“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,” Kershaw said.
Stackdriver provides data, via tools such as dashboards and menus, that show how an application is performing that uses cloud-based services. For example, a customer can quickly sniff out what might have gone wrong if a piece of software has a glitch. Stackdriver, which started in 2012, will continue to help customers using platforms outside of Google, the companies said.
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