One of the more puzzling independent companies to come out of X—Alphabet’s “moonshot factory"— was Chronicle, a cybersecurity firm that helps businesses protect themselves from malware.
It was head-scratching because Chronicle always seemed far more conventional than the typical X businesses, which include a company that provides internet access from aerial balloons and another that generates wind energy from kites. Chronicle, by contrast, would fit snugly into Google’s cloud unit.
On Thursday, Alphabet announced that is exactly where Chronicle will go. It’s making Chronicle’s products part of Google Cloud’s portfolio of services. The most important implication of the move is what it says about Thomas Kurian, the new CEO of Google Cloud, who announced the change in a blog post.
While he is a newcomer to Google, arriving from Oracle late last year, Mr. Kurian seems to have the support of Alphabet’s top leadership—at least when it comes to making an organizational change that should have taken place a while ago.