Platform.sh to Aquire Blackfire.io
May 26, 2021
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Platform.sh has announced its intent to acquire Blackfire SAS, a privately held company headquartered in Paris, France.

Blackfire is a fully integrated application performance profiling, testing, monitoring, and optimization suite for web sites and applications.

The Blackfire team, led by founder and CEO Fabien Potencier, creator of Symfony–the PHP web application framework–will join Platform.sh. Potencier will join the Platform.sh executive team.

Blackfire brings two key technologies to Platform.sh:

- Blackfire Profiler enables developers to pinpoint performance bottlenecks within their applications with robust tracing and call graphs, decreasing problem resolution time, and increasing developer productivity.

- Blackfire Monitoring then continuously monitors application performance and alerts developers and devops teams to issues that may arise in production, and suggests areas to troubleshoot. Blackfire.io's recommendation engine identifies areas for improvement in all PHP and Python applications, including common frameworks like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, and Django, and is extensible with custom tests written for business use cases.

Blackfire works integrally with the Platform.sh workflow. Website fleet owners can see an overview of the health of all their live sites and apps at a glance, identify best practices, and focus efforts on improvement of user experience. Instant cloning of production apps to development environments enables teams to use Blackfire Profiler to assess the performance of their code before they go live. Because Platform.sh natively manages every change to code and configuration with Git, an auditable revision control system, teams can pinpoint exactly where performance-affecting changes were introduced in moments, implement testing techniques and validate iterations against their custom performance budget.

Website and app users expect speed. In fact, 53% of users will abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load. To deliver on ecommerce sales goals, audience growth KPIs, or SEO value, site owners must deliver consistently fast experiences and respond to market changes. The fast-paced evolution of web technologies increases the complexity for teams to build and maintain applications. Platform.sh removes the burden of infrastructure management while supporting all latest technologies, and helps teams implement automated quality assurance best practices. By joining forces with Blackfire, the tight integration of technologies offer visibility in vital application and infrastructure metrics. Businesses will no longer be let in the dark when creating and deploying new features and applications. And that experience is delivered out-of-the-box. Teams can focus on what matters in the moment and plan for continuous improvement. At scale: whether one app or hundreds, Platform.sh and Blackfire give teams observability into the performance of all of their applications, so the quality of user experience can be maintained, and continuously improved, even as new apps are added to the fleet, or traffic ebbs and flows.

Platform.sh will continue to support Blackfire Profiler and Blackfire Monitoring customers regardless of where their websites and applications run. Blackfire will also become available with zero installation or configuration directly within Platform.sh.

"With this acquisition Platform.sh furthers our vision that organizations should focus on building meaningful digital applications and experiences with relevant business outcomes, instead of managing infrastructure. With the addition of Blackfire to Platform.sh our customers can continuously track the performance of their entire website fleet, and discover areas to improve their end users' experience..." Fred Plais, CEO, Platform.sh

"We have collaborated and shared a vision for years: to focus on building their value, businesses need a unified platform that seamlessly brings their ideas to life. Platform.sh offers a robust technology for teams to work on applications from development to production, through continuous integration and staging, and back. Blackfire.io gives them the observability they need at each step of this lifecycle, to identify and fix performance issues as early as possible." Fabien Potencier, CEO, Blackfire.io

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