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Logz.io lands $52M to keep growing open source-based logging tools

Logz.io announced a $52 million successions D investment today. The circular was led by General Catalyst.

Other investors participating in the circular included OpenView Ventures, 83North, Giza quest Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, Greenspring Associates and Next47. Today’s investment brings the total raised to nearly $100 million, according to Crunchbase data.

Logz.io is a company built on top of the open-source tools Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana (collectively known by the acronym ELK) and Grafana. It’s taking those tools in a typical open-source business reach, packaging them up and benefaction them as a service. This reach enables gigantic organizations to take benefit of these tools without having to deal with the raw open-source projects.

The company’s solutions intelligently scan logs looking for anomalies. When it finds them, it surfaces the problem and informs IT or security, depending on the scenario, using an equipment like PagerDuty. This venue of the mart has been dominated in recent years by vendors like Splunk and Sumo reasoning, but company founder and CEO Tomer Levy saw a chance to disrupt that space by packaging a set of open-source logging tools that were rapidly increasing in popularity. They believed they could build on that growing popularity, while solving a pain point the founders had actually experienced in previous positions, which is always a good starting point for a startup concept.

Screenshot: Logz.io

“We saw that the majority of the mart is actually using open source. So we said, we want to unravel this problem, a problem we have faced in the past and didn’t have a solution. What we’re going to do is we’re going to provide you with an easy-to-use cloud service that is benefaction an open-source accordant solution,” Levy explained. In other words, they wanted to build on that open-source concept, but offer it in a form that was easier to consume.

Larry Bohn, who is leading the investment for General Catalyst, says that his compact liked the concept of a company construction on top of open source because it provides a built-in community of developers to ride the startup’s growth — and it appears to be working. “The numbers here were staggering in terms of how quickly people were adopting this and how quickly it was growing. It was very clear to us that the company was enjoying fantastic victory without much of a commercial orientation,” Bohn explained.

In fact, Logz.io already has 700 customers, including gigantic names like Schneider Electric, The Economist and British Airways. The company has 175 employees today, but Levy says they expect to grow that by 250 by the end of this year, as they use this cash to speed their overall growth.

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