Dynatrace traces measured route to PurePath 4 

Software intelligence company Dynatrace enjoys tracing, dynamically, obviously.

As such then, the fourth generation of its distributed tracing and code-level analysis technology, PurePath captures, traces and analyses transactions end-to-end across multi-cloud environments, pretty dynamically.

How dynamically? Well, at near-zero ‘overhead’ says the company. 

The term overhead here obviously pertaining to the amount of excess computation time, memory, bandwidth and other resources required to perform the analysis in question.

With this release, Dynatrace has extended its technology to automatically support OpenTelemetry and W3C Trace Context as well as advanced cloud-native architectures, including service mesh and serverless computing for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

The company insists that these enhancements increase the breadth of data and the scope of the cloud ecosystem encompassed in PurePath distributed traces, providing DevOps, CloudOps and cloud application teams with deep and automatic observability (at scale) for cloud environments.

In addition, PurePath 4 supports hybrid-cloud environments, spanning from mobile apps through to public clouds, backend databases, mainframes and business applications — some of which could also reside on private clouds — and onwards (presumably) to the Internet of Things as well.

“We pioneered distributed tracing with the introduction of PurePath in 2006 and we’ve advanced this technology with each shift in application development and cloud computing, now to the latest cloud-native apps and architectures,” said Steve Tack, SVP of Product Management at Dynatrace. 

Tack notes that the company is a key contributor to OpenTelemetry and founding member and co-chair of the W3C Trace Context, so it is a big supporter of the open standards movement around the traceability of modern environments. 

“These open standards extend the reach of our observability and as the only observability platform that automatically integrates high-fidelity, best-in-class distributed tracing with log monitoring and advanced AIOps capabilities, we see a great opportunity to bring extended value to our many multi-cloud customers,” said Tack. 

Dynatrace has also unified PurePath 4 with its auto-discovery and continuous instrumentation technology, OneAgent and its continuous topology mapping technology, Smartscape. 

Code-level detail

The firm says that the above combination enables the Dynatrace AI-engine, Davis, to deliver precise answers with code-level detail, now for the most advanced cloud environments. 

“Digital teams quickly gain value and speed through automatically reducing bottlenecks across increasingly dynamic and complex environments, dramatically decreasing alert noise and wasted time chasing false positives,” said the company, in a press statement.

The concepts here revolve around having a single source of truth across network, infrastructure, application and user experience layers… so perhaps it’s time to think in broader terms when we consider what hybrid cloud means and where the boundaries of the modern data layer actually reside.

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