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Grafana Labs acquires load-testing startup K6

Grafana Labs acquires load-testing startup K6

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Observability platform Grafana Labs today announced the acquisition of K6, a Stockholm-based startup that builds an open source load testing tool for engineering teams. Grafana says he and K6 will work together on an integrated offering as part of Grafana’s technology stack, providing a way to monitor and connect logs, metrics and traces to diagnose application performance issues.

“When we first spoke with the K6 team, we were immediately impressed by the incredible similarities between them and Grafana, including our passion for open source and the way they have modernized load testing. “Grafana co-founder and CEO Raj Dutt said in a press release. “In the past, load testing required expensive infrastructure investments, so only the best-funded efforts reap the benefits. Computing is available on demand these days and microservices are ephemeral, so it is much cheaper to run test simulations. Because K6 is open source and also has a cloud offering, developers can take advantage of it much faster. ”

In 2000, the founding team of K6 was working on a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), with the goal of supporting hundreds of players simultaneously. The need for early load testing arose, and the team chose to open a consulting firm to support organizations, including the European Space Agency. In 2008, the team pivoted to market their load testing tool as a website benchmarking product. And in 2016, K6 started working on a new open source load testing tool to automate performance testing.

Above: K6’s load testing platform.

Image Credit: K6

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“Grafana is the undisputed leader in the observability space, and [they] have done an incredible job creating an open, composable observability stack for their users, both on the open source front and the enterprise front, ”said Robin Gustafasson, CEO of K6. “Joining the Grafana family will accelerate our ability to provide modern engineering teams with better ways to observe and build reliable applications. ”

Platform extension

The K6 acquisition comes a week after Grafana detailed a series of product updates, including general availability of Grafana 8.0 and Grafana Tempo 1.0, as well as new machine learning capabilities. The latest version of Grafana includes improved visualizations, a unified alert system and the debut of Grafana Tempo distributed tracing.

More than 740,000 people actively use the Grafana platform to visualize data from smart home devices, business applications, and more, according to Grafana co-founder Torkel Ödegaard. And Grafana has over 1,000 paying customers, including Bloomberg, JP Morgan Chase, eBay, PayPal, and Sony.

A complete software monitoring solution, along with a number of other technical practices, have the potential to positively contribute to continuous delivery. According to VMWare Tanzu, 92% of companies use observability tools to enable more efficient decision making. Given the large number of metrics collected on the behavior of distributed application environments, real-time business insights can emerge through the use of observability tools, creating value for stakeholders.

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