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Announced in late January, but leaked in December 2017, Amazon's acquisition of Sqrrl, a Cambridge, Massachusetts–based start-up that specializes in threat detection, has closed for an undisclosed amount.


  • This research note analyzes why Amazon acquired Sqrrl.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the fit of Sqrrl's technology with Amazon's data platform stack.
  • Analyzes the competitive environment for big data security analytics.

Key questions answered

  • Why did Amazon acquire Sqrrl?
  • What is the short- and long-term appeal of this technology to Amazon's clients?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The underlying technology has Hadoop and NSA roots
  • Sqrrl climbed a different product tree
  • So why did Amazon buy Sqrrl?


  • Further reading
  • Author

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