Kentik Unveils Open-Source Network Observability Initiative for Developers

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Photo Ian Pye, co-founder and chief scientist of Kentik and co-chair of Kentik Labs
“Whether the problem is the application or the network, Kentik Labs offers tools to focus your efforts at the right layer with the right team,” said Ian Pye, co-founder and chief scientist of Kentik and co-chair of Kentik Labs.

Network observability provider Kentik has launched Kentik Labs, a community center for developers, DevOps, and site reliability engineering (SRE). Kentik Labs debuts with five open-source projects with an emphasis on democratizing network data to aid the community in identifying and resolving problems in any infrastructure.

When it comes to evaluating the health and performance of applications dispersed across clouds and data centers, developer and IT teams may encounter a variety of challenges. When anything goes wrong, these teams would have to race to figure out whether the problem is caused by code, infrastructure, or something else.

By delivering open-source network observability tools to rapidly rule the network in or out as the issue, Kentik Labs will assist developers and IT professionals minimize their mean time to recovery (MTTR), or the amount of time it takes to recover when a problem arises.

5 Open-Source Projects

“Whether the problem is the application or the network, Kentik Labs offers tools to focus your efforts at the right layer with the right team,” said Ian Pye, co-founder and chief scientist of Kentik and co-chair of Kentik Labs. “In addition, branching out into open-source technology will allow us to participate in adjacent communities and define the future of observability.”

Kentik Labs debuts with five open-source projects. These five open-source projects include:

  • kTranslate – A system for pulling and pushing network data and the basis of the integration with New Relic
  • NetDiag – Scalable, asynchronous implementations of low-level network diagnostics
  • Convis – Example code showing how to use eBPF to attribute process and container information to network traffic
  • kProbe – A high-performance host and sensor network probe (PCAP)
  • Grafana App – A real-time internet-scale ingest and querying of network data

“Cloud and containers are pushing applications to be distributed by default. This means the network is a critical component in building anything,” said Nick Stinemates, vice president of business development at Kentik and co-chair of Kentik Labs. “With the launch of Kentik Labs, we’ll be exploring how to best integrate these concepts with the tools our users and customers are using today.”

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