We are excited to announce Grafana Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kausal (Conference video of the announcement). Today we got a bit closer to fulfilling Kausal’s mission: To help developers better understand how their code behaves in production.
Grafana is the de-facto visualization tool for analytics and monitoring, but the team has always had wider ambitions. The more time we spent with the team at Grafana Labs the more we realized how aligned roadmaps were. Moreover, we had a mutual appreciation for how to grow a business sustainably, without relying on venture funding too early.
Like Grafana Labs, Kausal is committed to building a sustainable open source business. From the very start, almost everything we wrote at Kausal is open source. Plus, our extensible Ksonnet mixin for provisioning a Prometheus monitoring system on Kubernetes has always included Grafana itself.
The Kausal team will join the Grafana Labs team. The acquisition will allow us to execute on our vision and improve workflows around incident response and exploration. We are still committed to our vision of a hosted Prometheus service for all, making redundant, replicated long term storage and aggregation available to all users. With the acquisition, we can accelerate the development of out Prometheus-inspired cloud-native logging and aggregation.
About Grafana Labs
Grafana Labs is the company behind Grafana, the leading open source software for visualizing time series data. The company offers GrafanaCloud, the official managed hosted Grafana stack. Grafana Labs helps users get the most out of Grafana, enabling them to take back control of their unified monitoring, and avoid vendor lock in and the spiraling costs of closed solutions. Visit http://grafana.com. Twitter: @grafana
Kausal was founded by Tom Wilkie and David Kaltschmidt in 2017. Our mission is to help developers better understand how their code behaves in production. Kausal offers a complete hosted observability stack based on Prometheus, log aggregation and OpenTracing compatible distributed tracing. In addition to a service subscription, Kausal also offers training on Prometheus and on how to build a sustainable SRE culture.
The Kausal Team
Tom Wilkie is a founder of Kausal. Previously he worked at companies such as Weaveworks, Google, Acunu and XenSource. Tom is also a member of the Prometheus team and started the Cortex project. In his spare time, Tom likes to make craft beer and build 3D printers.
David Kaltschmidt is a founder of Kausal. Previously he worked at companies such as Weaveworks, Oracle, Acme Packet, and Siemens Research. David has been building UIs for the networking industry for over a decade. He recently joined the sourdough train and is now baking way too much bread.