SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a provider of IT performance management solutions, has announced the acquisition of Librato, a San Francisco-based cloud monitoring company, for a cash purchase price of $40 million. This new technology platform will enable SolarWinds, in the future, to extend and connect performance management capabilities from on-premise IT infrastructure to modern, cloud-based application environments.
Librato currently enables full-stack performance monitoring of infrastructure and applications on public clouds such as AWS and Heroku, or in a company’s own data centers using a rich set of OSS data collection agents and instrumentation libraries for a variety of technologies and languages such as StatsD, collectd, Rails, Ruby, Python, Node.js and Java.
Librato also offers the unique ability to monitor and alert on unlimited metrics from hundreds of sources with second precision, correlate and analyze them to produce actionable results. Through the strength of its product offering, Librato has earned the trust of some of the leading Internet-based brands, such as Airbnb, Stitch Fix, MOZ, NextDoor and Heroku.
This addition to the SolarWinds family comes on the heels of the Pingdom acquisition in 2014. SolarWinds’ Pingdom is dedicated to making the web faster and more reliable by enabling monitoring, alerting and troubleshooting of websites and web applications, regardless of size, where they are in the world, and what device they use.
SolarWinds plans to bring these companies, Pingdom and Librato, under a new brand, SolarWinds Cloud. The new brand will be dedicated to providing a unique and complete solution designed to provide visibility from the “outside in” (Web Performance Management) and the “inside out” (Cloud Infrastructure Management).
“As we evaluate the growth of the business-critical application, we see three ‘horizons’ of application deployment that require robust performance management — on-premise IT, IT as a Service, and IT in the Cloud,” said Kevin Thompson, president and CEO, SolarWinds. “We expect that the requirement to manage existing on-premise infrastructure will continue, but will now be coupled with the need to manage the performance of infrastructure and applications either fully or partially deployed in private and public clouds.