New Relic is preparing to extend the capabilities of its observability platform by making use of both additional machine learning algorithms and the ChatGPT generative artificial intelligence (AI) platform.
Peter Pezaris, senior vice president for strategy and experience at New Relic, said during an interview on an episode of TechStrong TV that a prototype of an AI model created using machine learning algorithms will automatically notify developers when code in a production environment is not performing well—right within their integrated development environment (IDE). The notification will then take developers to the precise line of code identified as the root cause of the issue, he said.
Previously, New Relic employed a similar approach to integrate its observability platform with machine learning operations (MLOps) platforms used to build and deploy AI models. This was part of a larger effort to integrate MLOps and DevOps workflows, added Pezaris.
These AI extensions to the New Relic platform are part of a larger effort to extend the reach of the New Relic One observability platform further left toward developers. Most recently, New Relic added a free CodeStream module to its observability platform to give developers access to metrics and telemetry data that will enable them to write higher-quality code faster.
That approach eliminates the need to wait for IT operations teams to surface issues that usually don’t manifest until long after the code in question was originally developed. The overall goal is to provide development teams with frictionless access to observability data at every stage of the software development life cycle to reduce mean-time-to-detection (MTTD) and mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) of issues.
Organizations should also be able to reduce technical debt faster by making it easier to identify issues that, for example, adversely impact application performance.
In general, most organizations are still in the early stages of achieving full-stack observability. A recent New Relic survey found only 27% of respondents have achieved full-stack observability, and only 5% claimed they have a mature observability practice in place. A third (33%) of respondents also said they still primarily detect outages manually or based on complaints, the survey found.
On the plus side, the survey also found nearly three-quarters of respondents said C-suite executives in their organization are advocates of observability, and more than three-quarters of respondents (78%) saw observability as a key enabler for achieving core business goals. However, more than half (52%) of respondents said they experienced high-business-impact outages once per week or more and 29% said they take more than an hour to resolve those outages.
The hope is, of course, that by augmenting DevOps teams with AI capabilities, the number of those outages will be dramatically reduced in the months and years ahead.