Grafana Labs Raises $50 Million to Accelerate R&D Investments in Open Source Logs, Metrics and Composable Observability
Published: 17 Aug 2020
Company Also Announces the Grafana Accelerator Program (GAP) to Foster Community Dashboarding Innovation
NEW YORK, August 17, 2020 - Today, Grafana Labs announced that it has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round, which will be used to aggressively accelerate its product roadmap in key areas across its leading open and composable observability platform — where customers can mix and match best-of-breed open and proprietary data sources — and nurture and invest in the wider Grafana community.
Led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, the oversubscribed round also included additional investment from Lead Edge Capital. Both are existing investors that participated in the company’s first institutional financing in October 2019.
Since then, the company has seen significant adoption of leading open source technologies, including its Loki project for logging, the CNCF Prometheus project for metrics, and Grafana itself. Grafana has become the de facto dashboarding software, enabling everyone from hobbyists to the world’s largest enterprises to unify data from disparate sources. Over the last year, the company has also scaled up its sales and marketing teams, and has grown to over 170 employees in 20 countries.
Grafana Labs is also announcing the Grafana Accelerator Program (GAP) to nurture early stage companies and side projects that are innovating in the wider Grafana ecosystem. GAP will provide free Grafana Cloud and Grafana Enterprise subscriptions, cash grants, equity financing, and inside access to the core Grafana Labs developers. Learn more here.
“Grafana Labs’ growth is a testament to one of our core missions of helping people unify and understand their data wherever it lives, giving them complete freedom in choosing their own observability strategy. This allows users to query data natively at its source in real time, rather than having to move, store and pay for data in yet another database. Their existing data can be combined with Prometheus metrics and Loki logs, and available on Grafana Cloud, giving them a truly complete understanding of their complex systems,” said Raj Dutt, co-founder and CEO of Grafana Labs.
“Users continue to love Grafana Labs’ products because they are easy to adopt, simple to build with, and offer best-in-class features. Most importantly, Grafana’s open source approach doesn’t lock customers into expensive and proprietary platforms. Using Grafana has become a no-brainer decision for both early adopters and large enterprises, and this new round of funding enables the company to double down on both product and community. I’m also excited about GAP (Grafana Accelerator Program), which reduces the hurdles for Grafana’s diverse ecosystem to innovate on top of its technology,” said Gaurav Gupta, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners.
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About Grafana Labs
Grafana Labs provides an open and composable monitoring and observability stack built around Grafana, the leading open source technology for dashboards and visualization. There are more than 2,000 Grafana Labs customers, including Bloomberg, Citigroup, Dell Technologies, Salesforce, and TomTom, and more than 900,000 active installations of Grafana around the world. Grafana Labs helps companies manage their observability strategies with full-stack offerings that can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud or self-managed with the Grafana Enterprise Stack, both featuring scalable metrics (Grafana Mimir), logs (Grafana Loki), and traces (Grafana Tempo) as well as extensive enterprise data source plugins, dashboard management, alerting, reporting, and security. Grafana Labs is backed by leading investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital, GIC, Sequoia Capital, Coatue, and J.P. Morgan. Follow Grafana Labs on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit grafana.com.
Mentha Benek, Grafana Labs