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Observability platform Grafana Labs today announced it has acquired K6, a Stockholm-headquartered startup that is creating an open supply load testing tool for engineering teams. Grafana says it and K6 will work collectively on an integrated supplying as portion of Grafana’s tech stack, offering a way to monitor and connect logs, metrics, and traces to diagnose app efficiency concerns.
“When we first spoke with the team at K6, we were immediately impressed by the incredible similarities between them and Grafana, including our passion for open source and how they modernized load testing,” Grafana cofounder and CEO Raj Dutt stated in a press release. “In the past, load testing required costly infrastructure investments to run, resulting in only the most well-funded efforts reaping the benefits. These days, compute is available on demand and microservices are ephemeral, so it is far less costly to run test simulations. Because K6 is open source and also has a cloud offering, developers can realize the benefits much more rapidly.”
In 2000, K6’s founding group was working on a massively multiplayer on the net part-playing game (MMORPG), with the target of supporting hundreds of players simultaneously. The want for early load testing arose, and the group opted to open a consultancy to assistance organizations such as the European Space Agency. In 2008, the group pivoted to bring its load testing tool to industry as a web site benchmarking item. And in 2016, K6 began working on a new open supply load testing tool for automating efficiency tests.
“Grafana is the unquestioned leader in the observability space, and [they] have done an incredible job building an open and composable observability stack for their users — both on the open source and enterprise fronts,” K6 CEO Robin Gustafasson stated. “Joining the Grafana family will accelerate our ability to give modern engineering teams better ways to observe and build reliable applications.”
The K6 acquisition comes a week soon after Grafana detailed a series of item updates, such as the basic availability of Grafana 8. and Grafana Tempo 1., as properly as new machine understanding capabilities. The most recent release of Grafana contains enhanced visualizations, a unified alerting technique, and the debut of Grafana Tempo distributed tracing.
More than 740,000 persons are actively employing the Grafana platform to visualize information from clever home devices, small business apps, and more, according to Grafana cofounder Torkel Ödegaard. And Grafana has more than 1,000 paying clients, such as Bloomberg, JP Morgan Chase, eBay, PayPal, and Sony.
A extensive computer software monitoring option, along with a quantity of other technical practices, has the possible to positively contribute to continuous delivery. According to VMWare Tanzu, 92% of firms are employing observability tools to allow more helpful small business selection-producing. Given the significant quantity of metrics collected about the behavior of distributed app environments, genuine-time small business insights can emerge with the use of observability tools, building worth for stakeholders.