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Big data-crunching platform Splunk has announced plans to acquire VictorOps, an incident management platform for the DevOps community.

For the uninitiated, Splunk captures machine-generated data for the purpose of generating insights and “operational intelligence” through reports and visualizations. It basically gives businesses a broad view of their operations and helps them spot patterns and solve problems.

Founded out of Boulder, Colorado, VictorOps launched out of stealth way back in 2012, serving as a platform that helps developer teams manage their software infrastructure. The platform is designed to keep everything working 24/7 through an automated system that gets the right alert to the right person, at the right time. It’s all about maximizing uptime and minimizing technical glitches.

VictorOps had raised around $34 million in funding, with backers including Foundry Group and Shea Ventures, though no valuation had previously been announced. The $120 million exit constitutes a mixture of cash and Splunk stock.


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San Francisco-based Splunk was founded in 2003 and floated on the Nasdaq in 2012 with an IPO share price of $17. Its shares have gone from strength to strength over the past six years and now sit at an all-time high of $117.

VictorOps represents Splunk’s seventh known acquisition and follows Splunk’s $350 million purchase of cybersecurity startup Phantom earlier this year.

With VictorOps under its wing, Splunk said it will now be able to deliver a “platform of engagement” that combines event management, monitoring, on-call management, and ChatOps.

“The combination of machine data analytics and artificial intelligence from Splunk with incident management from VictorOps creates a ‘platform of engagement’ that will help modern development teams innovate faster and deliver better customer experiences,” said Splunk CEO Doug Merritt in a press release. “This gives on-call technical staff an analytics-driven platform to monitor issues, resolve incidents, and continuously improve.”

Splunk added that it expects to close the VictorOps deal in its second fiscal quarter this year.

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