Google Finalizes $2.6 Billion Looker Acquisition


The search engine giant announced that the deal of acquiring data analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion is officially closed, and Looker is now a part of the Google Cloud Platform.

The Google Cloud CEO, Thomas Kurian, was happy about this first significant acquisition. He mentioned in a blog post that, “I’m pleased to announce that Google has completed its acquisition of Looker. Together, we’re excited to offer customers a comprehensive analytics solution that integrates and visualizes insights at every layer of their business.”

Looker will further reinforce the Google Cloud’s analytics and data warehouse capabilities, together with BigQuery, enabling the users to address the complex business challenges quickly, while maintaining complete control of the data.

Kurian says, “Google Cloud and Looker share a common philosophy around delivering open solutions and supporting customers wherever they are—be it on Google Cloud, in other public clouds, or on-premises. As more organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy, Looker customers and partners can expect continued support of all cloud data management systems like Amazon Redshift, Azure SQL, Snowflake, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and Teradata.”

The hundreds of customers are already dependent on Google Cloud and Looker to make smarter business decisions. This exceptional union will uniquely address the data analytics and business intelligence needs of even more enterprises across all industries globally.

This acquisition marks the commencement of an exciting journey for Looker, its employees, customers as well as partners. Frank Bien, CEO at Looker, says, “Joining Google Cloud provides us better reach, strengthens our resources, and brings together some of the best minds in both analytics and cloud infrastructure to build an exciting path forward for our customers and partners.”

Bien shared in the blog that Looker customers can still choose from any cloud data management system like Azure SQL, Teradata, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and more. Also, looker partners can expect to continue to work with the company like before, and the award-winning support team will continue delivering the exceptional experience, with the surplus resources and universal presence of the Google Cloud team.

Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake, expressed his support for this acquisition. He says, “The combination of Google Cloud and Looker and their commitment to multi-cloud support will help deliver more value to customers faster. We look forward to our continued partnership with both companies.”