Moonshot factory spinoff Chronicle joins Google Cloud

July 1, 2019
Written by Folake Dosu

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Enterprise security company Chronicle, once spun out of Google’s parent company Alphabet’s famed X moonshot factory as an independent company, is now joining Google Cloud. Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud’s CEO, made the announcement in a company blog post this week.

Chronicle’s suite of cybersecurity tools help enterprises combat disruptive cyber threats and better understand and assess cyber risks.

“Chronicle’s products and engineering team complement what Google Cloud offers,” Kurian wrote, “Chronicle’s VirusTotal malware intelligence services will be a powerful addition to the pool of threat data informing Google Cloud offerings, and will continue to support applications running on our platforms.”

He described how security has become a more urgent priority for businesses, governments and organizations across the globe, and how Chronicle and Google Cloud were increasingly converging to meet this pressing customer need.

“By combining our solutions, we can give customers a unique, single platform for securing their systems both on premise and in the cloud. Customers from each of our organizations have asked about using these solutions together, and combining our efforts will enable this.”

“By combining our solutions, we can give customers a unique, single platform for securing their systems both on premise and in the cloud. Customers from each of our organizations have asked about using these solutions together, and combining our efforts will enable this,” said Stephen Gillett, Chronicle CEO and co-founder, in a Medium blog post.

Chronicle first launched out of X in January 2018 and as TechCrunch noted, the decision to initially spin out the company rather than bring it into the Google Cloud fold was seen as a curious choice. The outlet speculates that it may have been to test Chronicle’s appeal as a standalone platform. Market strength aside, Google’s increased emphasis on its cloud business makes the timing of this union no surprise.

Kurian anticipates a full integration of Chronicle’s security tools into Google Cloud by this fall.

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