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A new plugin will make software engineers’ lives much easier, the company says.

This week, New Relic announced that it has added a more streamlined approach to collecting metrics using the extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) in the Linux kernel. New Relic is also releasing a plugin for the open-source Pixie observability platform, which it previously donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

The company made the announcement as part of a series of product innovations and enhancements at KubeCon EU 2022, the CNCF’s yearly conference. The enhancements, New Relic says, will “help millions of engineers take a daily, data-driven approach to Kubernetes observability.” Techzine is currently present at KubeCon 2022 in Valencia, Spain. Check out this page for an overview of the most important news.

“Kubernetes provides incredibly powerful tooling for running workloads”, said Zain Asgar, New Relic GVP & Product GM, Pixie co-founder, and CNCF Governing Board member. “Its configurability, extensibility, and expressiveness give us more power than ever to structure, optimize, and scale our applications. New Relic and Pixie have a joint mission to be developer-first, which means first-class support for Kubernetes. We are proud to bring Kubernetes observability to every engineer at every stage of the software lifecycle, right from the KubeCon stage.”

Delivering a ‘huge improvement’ over previous versions

Paolo Gallina, a Software Engineer and member of the CoreInt team at New Relic, described the Kubernetes enhancements in a blog post. “As Kubernetes environments continue to scale, they also get more complex, making it harder to monitor their performance and health. Our updated Kubernetes integration (v3) significantly reduces CPU and memory, adds support for external control planes such as Rancher, and includes improvements to log messages to help identify issues.”

As an example, Gallina cites big clusters, where the company’s new integration can be configured to require 80 percent less memory than before. “That’s a huge improvement”, he noted.