The sale price to Brocade was not disclosed. StackStorm had secured seed funding of $2 million to $3 million, according to Evan Powell, one of the startup’s founders.
StackStorm claims its automation technology — after an IT alert in the data center, StackStorm’s open source software kicks in to handle remediation — gives enterprises something that previously only the largest webscale companies could afford to build in-house. It compares its technology to Facebook’s FBAR, which sifts through billions of notifications from network devices each month and automatically determines which of those need action, all without human intervention.
“Using StackStorm technology, Brocade customers will be able to bring DevOps methods to networking as well as experience many of the benefits of scaleout IT automation enjoyed by the cloud titans,” says P.G. Menon, a senior director at Brocade, in today’s announcement.
Brocade says it will have some StackStorm product news as early as April.
“Networking is a natural use case,” says Powell. “We’re used there some today.”
StackStorm’s software is open source, so Brocade also gets a community of developers that contribute to its code on GitHub. Netflix, for example, while not a paying customer, uses StackStorm code and contributes to its open source community.