Sumo Logic

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Sumo Logic
Type Privately held company
Industry Computer software, security management, Enterprise software
Founded 2010
Founder(s) Kumar Saurabh, Christian Beedgen
Headquarters Redwood City, California, USA
Key people
  • Vance Loiselle (CEO)
  • Kumar Saurabh (Co-Founder & Vice President of Analytics)
  • Christian Beedgen (CTO, Co-founder)
  • Bruno Kurtic (Founding Vice President of Product and Strategy)

Sumo Logic is a cloud-based log management and analytics service that leverages Big Data to deliver real-time IT insights, headquartered in Redwood City, California.[1]Sumo Logic was founded in April 2010 by Kumar Saurabh and Christian Beedgen, and received funding from Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and angel investor Shlomo Kramer.[2] The round of series C funding announced in November 2012 brings the company’s total venture capital backing to $50.5 million.[3]


Sumo Logic’s architecture features an elastic petabyte scale platform that collects, manages and analyzes enterprise log data, reducing millions of log lines into operational info in real time.[4] Their cloud-based approach overcomes the inherent problems of premise-based solutions, including limits on scalability, inefficient or haphazard analysis, and uncontrolled costs.[5]

Sumo Logic is built around a globally distributed data retention architecture that keeps all log data available for instant analysis, eliminating the need for an enterprise to manage the cost and complexity of data archiving, backups and restoration.[6]

The service is entirely cloud-based and is maintenance free.[7]

Sumo Logic modeled its approach on that of Google, according to Christian Beedgen, the company’s CTO and one of its Cofounders. Sumo Logic uses advanced machine learning algorithms to whittle down mountains of log file data into common groupings, much the way Google News categorizes new stories distributed across the web, making it easier for administrators to synthesize the information.[8]

In June 2012, Sumo Logic announced Sumo Logic Free, a freemium full functionality edition of its analytical solution that is deployed on Amazon Web Services,[9] and in August 2012, the company announced Sumo Logic for VMware, which allows enterprises to search, visualize and analyze all VMware logs in real time so they can monitor and detect events within VMware virtual environments.[10]


Sumo Logic was founded in 2010 by a technical leadership team with expertise in log management, scalable systems, Big Data and security, including:

  • Kumar Saurabh, Acting CEO, Co-Founder & Vice President of Analytics, formerly of ArcSight
  • Christian Beedgen, Co-Founder & CTO, formerly of ArcSight
  • Bruno Kurtic, Founding Vice President of Product and Strategy, formerly of Sensage

Vance Loiselle, formerly of BladeLogic, joined Sumo Logic as Chief Executive Officer in May 2012.[11]

In April 2012, Sumo Logic formed a new advisory board, bringing in three Silicon Valley veterans: DJ Patil of Greylock Partners, and security experts Gerhard Eschelbeck of Sophos and Nir Zuk of Palo Alto Networks.[12]


Sumo Logic’s service is powered by patent-pending Elastic Log Processing and LogReduce technologies.[13]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

In January, 2012, RSA named Sumo Logic one of its top 10 finalists for the Most Innovative Company at RSA.[14] At the April 2012 Under the Radar Conference, Sumo Logic received the Judge's Choice and the Audience Choice Awards for Performance Monitoring.[15] In May 2012, Sumo Logic was named a Red Herring Americas 2012 Top 100 Winner.[16]

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