Welcome Opbeat to the Elastic Family

Elastic APM is generally available (as of February 6, 2018) and ready for production deployment.

A note from Shay Banon

I am very excited to announce that Elastic is joining forces with Opbeat, an application performance monitoring (APM) company.

I’ve been personally interested in the APM space for some time now. Since the early days of Elasticsearch, I have believed that powerful search is fundamental to solving all kinds of complex data problems. Our users (Blizzard, Goldman Sachs, NetSuite, and Sprint to name a few) have validated that core belief in the IT operations space by using Elastic products to gain real-time insights from infrastructure logs and metrics, at a petabyte scale. Application performance data is the natural next step in the journey, and joining forces with Opbeat will allow us to accelerate innovation in the APM space for our users.

Opbeat has built a highly curated application-level monitoring experience, focusing on the JavaScript ecosystem, i.e. Node.js on the backend and AngularJS / React on the front end. By helping developers monitor the end-to-end performance impact of changes to their application code, Opbeat enables them to find and fix issues faster. Integrating metrics from Opbeat agents with the flexible data store of Elasticsearch and the visualization power of Kibana, will bring APM to a whole new level. The future Elastic APM solution will let developers analyze their infrastructure logs and metrics, alongside application performance data in a single dashboard.  

I’d like to welcome the entire Opbeat team and community to the Elastic family. I’m thrilled that Opbeat founders, Rasmus Makwarth and Ron Cohen, and team are joining us to build a turnkey APM solution, that extends the open source Elastic Stack into new territories.

Now to Rasmus and Ron for their thoughts.

A note from Rasmus Makwarth & Ron Cohen

At Opbeat, we set out to build a next-generation APM solution that was truly designed for developers. Modern organizations are increasingly adopting a DevOps culture, requiring developers to monitor their own code in production. This shift requires modern APM tools to provide instant and actionable insights to developers. Opbeat provides a highly curated UI and deep code integration that maps production application issues to the developer source code.

The Opbeat UI showing which component is slowing down the application, including the source code and authors.

Over the past six months, we’ve been fortunate to get to know the people at Elastic, and are amazed by the team, the business, and the vision. And, equally important, Opbeat and Elastic were culturally a natural match from the very first day. We’ve been happy users of the Elastic Stack for monitoring our infrastructure metrics and logs, and are excited about being a part of the team that extends the Elastic Stack to application-level metrics. We think that APM is a perfect extension of the Elastic Stack. Proactive tracking with X-Pack alerting features, pre-built Kibana dashboards, longer data retention, smarter alerts with anomaly detection and machine learning - the integration possibilities are endless.

As for the current service, nothing changes for now. We’re committed to operating the service until we launch the Elastic APM product. When that time comes, we’ll help existing Opbeat customers migrate.

We’re thrilled to be working with such a great team, and being a part of Elastic will enable us to accelerate our path to building the best APM product.

The road ahead is exciting.