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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

IBM Buys Observability

The broader concept of 'observability' was new to me, but as described very useful.    Performance and beyond.  Clearly applicable to AI applications.  Now thinking it further.

IBM acquires application observability startup Instana  BY  Maria Deutscher  in SiliconAngle

IBM Corp. today announced plans to acquire Instana Inc., a Chicago-based application monitoring startup that has raised more than $50 million from investors including Accel and Meritech Capital Partners.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Instana’s namesake platform helps organizations track the health of their workloads to identify technical issues that may interfere with the user experience. The platform can spot issues such as latency spikes that are causing an application to respond slowly and processing errors caused by software bugs.

Instana can track a wide range of workloads. The startup’s platform lends itself to monitoring applications running both in the cloud and on-premises, as well as the automated continuous integration and continuous delivery toolchains that development teams use to release new code. Notably, the platform also provides visibility into workloads running on IBM mainframes, a feature that no doubt factored into the company’s decision to buy Instana.

The deal buys IBM new artificial intelligence capabilities. In addition to displaying data about application performance, Instana uses machine learning to surface patterns of interest for information technology teams. The startup’s platform can create a map of all the different components that make up an application and automatically update the visualization when one of the components changes.  ... "

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