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Elasticsearch Raises $70 Million in Series C Financing to Accelerate Mission of Making It Simple for Businesses Worldwide to Obtain Meaningful Insights From Data

NEA Leads Round With Participation From Benchmark and Index Ventures; Harry Weller Takes a Board of Directors Seat

LOS ALTOS, CA and AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/14 -- Elasticsearch, Inc., provider of an end-to-end real-time search and analytics platform, today announced it has raised $70 million in Series C financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with additional participation from Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures. Along with this investment, NEA General Partner Harry Weller takes a seat on the Elasticsearch Board of Directors.

Born as a search company, Elasticsearch now offers a full technology solution -- the Elasticsearch ELK stack -- that delivers on the unmet promise of big data by empowering decision makers to extract meaningful insights, in real time. With this latest round, Elasticsearch has raised a total of $104 million over the course of the past year and a half. The company plans to use its funding to accelerate global awareness of its solutions, drive continued product development, and expand its sales organization worldwide.

Since its founding in 2012, Elasticsearch has continued to experience massive growth at a rapid pace. Over the past year, the company has:

  • Increased adoption of its three core products -- Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana -- by 3x, climbing to more than 8 million total downloads
  • Grown its customer base by 7x, adding industry titans such as Comcast, eBay, Facebook, Mayo Clinic, TomTom and Tinder to its customer roster
  • Doubled its number of employees, including executives from Box, Citrix, Splunk and VMware

"It's incredible to receive this kind of support from our investors over such a short period of time," said Steven Schuurman, Elasticsearch co-founder and CEO. "This speaks to the importance of what we're doing: Businesses are generating more and more data, both user- and machine-generated, and it has become a strategic imperative for them to get value out of these assets -- whether they are starting a new data-focused project or trying to leverage their current Hadoop or other big data investments. Our investors recognize the value we're providing and the rapid market traction we're seeing, and they want to help us scale as quickly as possible."

"We've been watching Elasticsearch, and the response from both developers and customers is truly impressive," said Harry Weller, General Partner at NEA. "It's rare to see a company not only get developers excited by their technology, but also sell successfully into the enterprise, and we see massive opportunities on an even broader scale. We hope to provide resources and guidance to help Elasticsearch continue down this path, delivering on the promise big data companies have been dancing around for years."

For more information on Elasticsearch, visit www.elasticsearch.com.

Upcoming webinar: Introduction to the ELK Stack
On Wednesday, July 2 at 9:00am PT, Elasticsearch will host a webinar that goes over the key features of the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) and the various ways businesses are utilizing them for search, logging, analytics and other use cases. To register, visit www.elasticsearch.org/webinars/introduction-elk-stack/.

About Elasticsearch, Inc.
Elasticsearch is on a mission to make massive amounts of data usable for businesses everywhere by delivering the world's most advanced search and analytics engine. With a laser focus on achieving the best user experience imaginable, the Elasticsearch ELK stack -- comprised of Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana -- has become one of the most popular and rapidly-growing open source solutions in the market. Used by thousands of enterprises in virtually every industry today, Elasticsearch, Inc. provides production support, development support and training for the full ELK stack.

Elasticsearch, Inc. was founded in 2012 by the people behind the Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene open source projects. Since its initial release, Elasticsearch has more than 8 million cumulative downloads. Elasticsearch, Inc. is backed by Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and NEA, with headquarters in Amsterdam and Los Altos, California, and offices around the world.

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