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5 Things To Know About Silver Lake’s $1B Investment In Splunk

Rick Whiting

Splunk disclosed Tuesday that private equity investment company Silver Lake is making a $1 billion investment in the data management software developer. Here are five things to know about the deal.

Fueling Splunk’s Transition To The Cloud

Splunk has been transitioning its core “data-to-everything” platform and related software to the cloud, but that transition has been a lengthy, laborious process. Splunk said the $1 billion Silver Lake investment will “support the continued transformation of [Splunk’s] business.”

In the company’s fiscal 2022 first quarter ended April 1, Splunk reported that cloud revenue was $194 million, up 73 percent year over year. But that was still less than half of the company’s total revenue of $502 million in the quarter.

“We have long admired Splunk’s world-class team and technology, and we believe the company is now at an important inflection point,” Hao said in a statement.

“It has become increasingly clear that a cloud-driven transformation is critical to modernization and Splunk is ideally positioned to help organizations throughout the world manage the complexity associated with this transition. We are confident in the opportunities ahead and eager to work with [Splunk CEO Doug Merritt] and his team to support Splunk’s next phase of growth,” Hao said.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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