New relic, operator of a platform of the same name for monitoring and upper servability in cloud environments, has taken the kubernet’s observability platform pixie labs. The relatively young competitor had only reached general availability two months ago and was launched with a first financial syringe.
Apparently, new relic deals with the suppure an expansion of his platform. The brand pixie labs and the corresponding product should continue under the existing name.
Cloud native workloads under kubernetes
Pixie labs’ offer specializes in cloud-native workloads on kubernetes clusters. The focus is on developers (dev), in contrast to other tools that have more it operation (ops). Inside the platform is a software designated as ebpf, which extends the linux kernel: the coverage stands for "extended berkeley packet filter" and is a relatively new technology for data processing in the linux kernel, which is mainly used for monitoring memory utilization, cpu and traffic. With ebff, pixie labs apparently collect data of system monitoring directly in the kernel without the intermediate agent. With so-called pixie scripts, debugging workflows can be written and share with the community.