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SmartBear, the Massachusetts-based provider of software development tools, has acquired Tel Aviv-headquartered Aspecto. Details of the deal have not been disclosed, however the move will see the integration of OpenTelemetry monitoring with SmartBear’s BugSnag platform which they claim will enable developers to rapidly identify and correct bugs in distributed environments.

OpenTelemetry is an open source project orchestrated by an arm of the non-profit Linux Foundation. It is concerned with providing Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Software Development Kits (SDKs) to collect telemetry data from cloud-native applications, which can then be used by developers to solve software issues as they arise. Aspecto, founded in 2019, utilises OpenTelemetry via its observability platform which the firm claims can provide end-to-end distributed tracing at scale.

Commenting on the acquisition, Anthony Bryce VP of Product Management at SmartBear said “Today, BugSnag provides developers visibility into their end users’ experiences of their app, whether it’s unforeseen errors, crashes, or performance issues. With the addition of Aspecto, we are extending these capabilities to provide a broader, developer-focused, OTel-compliant observability platform. This means developers can both identify production issues and rapidly troubleshoot to resolve those issues”.

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