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The latest information in software engineering, including new product releases, acquisition, and news items centered around performance testing, observability, AIOps, and more.

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HPE to acquire OpsRamp AIOps Platform:

HPE has announced its intention to acquire OpsRamp, an AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) platform that enables IT teams to improve the management of their hybrid IT environments. This acquisition will strengthen HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service offering by adding OpsRamp’s advanced AIOps capabilities.

With OpsRamp, HPE will be able to provide IT teams with a single, integrated platform that enables them to manage their entire hybrid IT infrastructure, from the edge to the cloud. The platform offers a range of features, including infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring, and event management, all powered by advanced AIOps capabilities.

The acquisition of OpsRamp will allow HPE to better compete in the fast-growing AIOps market, which is expected to reach $20 billion by 2025. With this acquisition, HPE will be able to offer customers a comprehensive solution that combines the power of AIOps with the flexibility and scalability of the cloud. This move is part of HPE’s broader strategy to become a leading provider of cloud-native, AI-driven solutions for the enterprise.

OpsRamp’s AIOps technology is ideal for organizations with complex hybrid IT environments that use both on-premises and cloud-based resources.

Smartbear Acquires Aspecto:

SmartBear has acquired Aspecto, a pioneer of OpenTelemetry, an open-source project designed to standardize the collection of telemetry data from distributed microservices architectures.

The acquisition of Aspecto by SmartBear will enable the company to provide customers with end-to-end observability solutions, allowing them to better monitor and optimize the performance of their microservices applications.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen SmartBear’s position in the rapidly growing observability market, which is seeing increased demand from organizations looking to gain better insights into the performance of their applications in complex distributed environments.

SmartBear is better positioned to serve the growing demand for tools that can help organizations gain deeper insights into their applications. Competitors may need to adapt by either improving their own observability and telemetry solutions, or by differentiating themselves in other areas of the market.

Grafana Labs Acquires Pyroscope:

Grafana Labs has acquired Pyroscope, an open-source software tool for profiling and debugging applications, with the aim of adding code profiling capability to its platform.

The acquisition will help Grafana Labs expand its monitoring and observability offerings, which will enable users to identify and troubleshoot issues within their application’s code.

Pyroscope’s features include real-time code profiling, which allows users to visualize the performance of their code, as well as support for multiple programming languages such as Python, Go, and Java. The tool’s open-source nature and its support for multiple programming languages make it an attractive addition to Grafana’s platform.

Honeycomb Secures $50M in Funding:

Funding secured: Honeycomb, an observability platform, has raised $50 million in a funding round led by Insight Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm. The funding will help the company boost its engineering, sales, and marketing efforts, as well as its go-to-market strategy.

Observability platform: Honeycomb’s platform is designed to help organizations understand how their systems are performing and identify issues quickly. It allows users to explore, analyze, and debug their systems in real-time, making it easier to troubleshoot problems and improve overall performance.

Market growth: The observability market is expected to continue growing in the coming years as more organizations adopt cloud-based architectures and microservices. With its focus on real-time analysis and troubleshooting, Honeycomb is well-positioned to capture a significant share of this market, especially as it continues to invest in its platform and expand its capabilities.

LoadRunner Releases new version:

Micro Focus has released LoadRunner Professional 2023. The new version includes several enhancements and new features such as support for the latest versions of protocols like Citrix, Oracle, and SAP, integration with third-party tools, and improved collaboration capabilities.

The release also includes new licensing options, such as a pay-as-you-go model, which allows users to purchase and use the software on a subscription basis, making it more flexible and cost-effective for organizations of all sizes.

More information can be found on our previous podcast with David McLeish at

WordPress 6.2 Gets a Performance Bump:

Rich Tabor on Twitter:

The table shows the response time and the percentage difference in response time for different versions of WordPress, specifically WP 6.1.1, WP 6.2-beta.1, WP 6.2-beta.2, and WP 6.2-beta.3 for two block themes (TT3) and classic theme (TT1).

The percentage difference in response time for the block theme (TT3) between WP 6.1.1 and WP 6.2-beta.1 is -21.86%, indicating an improvement in performance. However, the response time increased between WP 6.2-beta.1 and WP 6.2-beta.3, with a percentage difference of -13.13%, indicating a decrease in performance.

The classic theme (TT1) also showed a decrease in performance from WP 6.2-beta.1 to WP 6.2-beta.2, with a percentage difference of -9.21% in response time. Additionally, there is a regression in performance caused only by the wp_enqueue_global_styles() function for the wp-head and wp-enqueue-scripts metrics.

Is there a 4th Pillar to Observability?

Rookout has introduced a new feature called “snapshots” that enables developers to capture deep code-level insights during runtime. This feature is being touted as the “fourth pillar of observability”, complementing the existing three pillars of observability, namely logs, metrics, and traces.

The new snapshot feature is expected to help developers “identify, diagnose, and solve problems faster” by allowing them to capture a snapshot of the application’s state at any point during runtime. This would provide developers with real-time visibility into the application’s code-level behavior, making it easier to identify and debug issues.

It is designed to work with any programming language, framework, or environment, making it a versatile debugging tool for developers working on a variety of applications. Additionally, the feature is said to be easy to use, requiring no code changes or redeployment of the application.

New Relic To Integrate with ChatGPT:

New Relic is using AI and machine learning to enhance observability and create actionable insights from telemetry data. The company is leveraging its expertise in telemetry data and applying AI to help customers identify anomalies, surface issues, and provide insights into system health and performance.

New Relic is aiming to reduce alert fatigue and improve incident response by using AI and machine learning to create better anomaly detection and smarter alerts. By analyzing vast amounts of telemetry data and automatically identifying abnormal behavior, New Relic can help customers detect and respond to issues before they become critical for .

New Relic is taking a proactive approach to observability by using AI to identify issues and provide recommendations for improvements. The company is looking to move beyond simple data collection and provide more value to customers by automating the analysis and insights from telemetry data. This approach can help organizations optimize their systems and applications, reduce downtime, and improve overall performance.

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