google(1)Google has acquired Stackdriver which offers a service for developers to monitor apps and services on the cloud.  Stackdriver will be integrated in Google’s cloud platform team.  The teams will be working to integrate Stackdriver’s functionality so that Google Cloud Platform customers can take advantage of the monitoring capabilities, which allow customers to have more visibility into errors, performance, behavior, and operations.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Stackdriver, a Boston, Massachusetts based start-up, was founded in 2012 on the belief that as cloud hosting takes off, tools for monitoring Amazon Web Services and other cloud environments would be required.

Google is adding features to differentiate its cloud service in an already competitive market for cloud services.  Amazon Web Services and later Microsoft Azure cut prices of their cloud services in April after Google chopped prices.  Most of Stackdriver’s products and services are still largely focused on AWS but can also work with services from providers like Rackspace and with Google Compute Engine. The company said on its website that the largest AWS customers use Stackdriver.

In a separate development, the team at a designer of mobile-ready websites for restaurants also joined Google.  Appetas in Seattle, Washington said Wednesday its team will shut down its service and is joining Google.  No details of the transaction were disclosed.

Thus one by one Google picks up high tech talents.