Grafana Labs Brings Modern Open Source Load Testing to Observability with Acquisition of k6

Published: 17 Jun 2021
Grafana Labs newsroom Press releases Grafana Labs acquires k6

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 - On the final day of GrafanaCONline 2021, CEO Raj Dutt today announced Grafana Labs’ acquisition of k6, the Stockholm-based startup behind the open source load testing tool for engineering teams. With k6, Grafana Labs adds extensible testing to its open and composable Grafana observability stack.

Together, Grafana Labs and k6 will work on an integrated offering as part of the Grafana observability stack. Today, organizations can already benefit from running k6 load testing while fully monitoring and connecting logs, metrics, and traces to each other to quickly diagnose performance issues before they impact customers.

“When we first spoke with the team at k6, we were immediately impressed by our shared passion for open source, and their approach to modernizing load testing,” said Raj Dutt, CEO and Co-founder of Grafana Labs. “In the past, load testing required costly infrastructure investments to run, resulting in only the most well-funded efforts reaping the benefits. These days, compute and microservices are available on demand, so it is far less costly to run test simulations. Because k6 is open source and also has a cloud offering, developers can realize the benefits much more rapidly. By bringing k6 and Grafana together, we enable teams to radically improve the time to prevent, detect, and remediate problems before they impact end users.”

“Grafana Labs is the unquestioned leader in the observability space, and has done an incredible job building an open and composable observability stack for their users — both on the open source and enterprise fronts,” said Robin Gustafasson, CEO at k6. “Joining the Grafana Labs family will accelerate our ability to give modern engineering teams better ways to observe and build reliable applications.”

Users can get started with a cloud trial or open source version of k6 now by visiting and use Grafana Cloud, which has a robust free tier, to fully observe tests in flight.

About Grafana Labs

Grafana Labs provides an open and composable monitoring and observability stack built around Grafana, the leading open source technology for dashboards and visualization. There are more than 3,000 Grafana Labs customers, including Bloomberg, Citigroup, Dell Technologies, Salesforce, and TomTom, and more than 20 million users of Grafana around the world. Grafana Labs helps companies manage their observability strategies with the LGTM Stack, which can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud or self-managed with the Grafana Enterprise offerings, both featuring scalable metrics (Grafana Mimir), logs (Grafana Loki), and traces (Grafana Tempo) as well as extensive enterprise data source plugins, dashboard management, alerting, reporting, and security. Grafana Labs is backed by leading investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital, GIC, Sequoia Capital, Coatue, and J.P. Morgan. Follow Grafana Labs on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit

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