New Relic Deepens Support for Open Source by Providing Pixie Collaboration with AWS

New Relic, the observability company, is joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Governing Board as a platinum member, supporting CNCF’s mission of making cloud-native computing ubiquitous by providing governance, thought leadership, and engineering resources.

As part of this mission, as well as New Relic’s commitment to making observability open for everyone, New Relic is in the process of contributing Pixie, its Kubernetes-native in-cluster observability platform, as a new open source project to CNCF under Apache 2.0 license.

New Relic will also expand its existing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide its Pixie observability solution on AWS.

"Open source is a defining value for New Relic and Pixie, which is why we are standardizing our observability offerings with OpenTelemetry and are in the process of contributing Pixie as an open source project to CNCF," said Zain Asgar, GM of Pixie and New Relic Open Source at New Relic, and CEO and co-founder of Pixie Labs. "We have seen the positive impact of open governance on open source projects first-hand, and we look forward to supporting this initiative on an industry-wide level through our Platinum membership in CNCF."

Pixie, the next-generation observability platform for cloud-native applications, enables developers to see all of their applications’ metrics, events, logs, and traces with a single CLI command.

Pixie’s technology removes the need to add instrumentation code, set up ad hoc dashboards, or move data off of the cluster, saving developers’ valuable time so they can focus instead on building better software, according to the vendor.

The open sourcing of Pixie represents a significant investment in the community, and a majority of Pixie’s engineering resources have been dedicated to the effort.  

Pixie Open Source will now run on AWS as an expansion of the recent collaboration with New Relic on AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry as a secure, production-ready, AWS-Supported distribution of the OpenTelemetry project.

Pixie Open Source on AWS aims to improve customer experience and make it easier for users to monitor the health and performance of their AWS container applications.

As part of its commitment to the CNCF community, open source, and open standards, New Relic will standardize its observability offerings with CNCF’s OpenTelemetry standards. 

New Relic’s native OpenTelemetry protocol (OTLP) support and curated user experiences will allow customers to use this new standard of instrumentation to understand, troubleshoot, and optimize their systems.

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