SolarWinds Closes Acquisition of Scout Server Monitoring

Deal brings deep server monitoring capabilities for DevOps professionals

Nicole Henderson, Contributor

May 18, 2017

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IT management software provider SolarWinds announced on Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of Scout Server Monitoring, which will bring deep server monitoring capabilities for DevOps professionals. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pingdom Server Monitor, formerly Scout Server Monitoring, will join Pingdom website uptime and performance monitoring products, as well as Librato, Papertrail, and TraceView in its SaaS portfolio for monitoring cloud-native applications, servers and other infrastructure.

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DevOps and the technologies and practices that have come with it have ushered in new goals and requirements for monitoring. With Pingdom Server Monitor, customers are able to track custom metrics and create alerts, and integrate with more than 90 plugins including DevOps tools like Chef and Puppet.

The deal will see Scout co-founder and CTO Andre Lewis join SolarWinds. Back in 2015, Lewis said in an interview with The WHIR that its focus on user and developer experience helped it gain loyal customers.

“[Scout] started as a labor of love. We were doing consulting for Ruby on Rails development at the time and we built Scout as an internal tool to help keep tabs on some of the software that we were building for customers. We ended up productizing it and as a result I think Scout server monitoring is unusually finely tuned to the needs of developers because it actually grew out of our own needs at the time,” Lewis told The WHIR at AWS re:Invent 2015.

“We’re very excited to add Pingdom Server Monitor, formerly Scout Server Monitoring, to our portfolio of products,” Christoph Pfister, executive vice president, products, SolarWinds said in a statement. “With it, developers and DevOps practitioners have access to an affordable, SaaS-based server monitoring solution. We look forward to investing in it and we welcome Andre Lewis to the SolarWinds team to help in those efforts.”

“The era of cloud and digitalization is driving exponential application growth and increased complexity,” Pfister said. “It’s clear that cloud-native developers and DevOps teams need faster troubleshooting that enables them to more easily solve problems and improve performance across the full stack, including servers. The goal of our SaaS portfolio, and the market-leading products within it, is to provide just that, and to do so at an affordable price.”

Last year, SolarWinds acquired LOGICnow to form its SolarWinds MSP division.

This article originally appeared on Talkin' Cloud.

About the Author(s)

Nicole Henderson

Contributor, IT Pro Today

Nicole Henderson covers daily cloud news and features online for ITPro Today. Prior to ITPro Today, she was editor at Talkin' Cloud (now Channel Futures) and the WHIR. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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