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Monitor NGINX in context with the rest of your IT stack.

Posted by Mark Bakker on Jun 20, 2017 5:14:02 PM

 

In today’s world we see a growing need to modernize traditional applications, from a monolith structure into a more microservices oriented architecture. Containerization technologies bring a lot of advantages (like auto-scaling, speeding up the frequency of deployments, etc.), but at the same time managing the complete IT stack is even more critical. Application availability and  performance are key for business survival.  IT is not “back office” anymore, but an essential part of gaining the competitive advantage and a key instrument to neutralize aggressive disruptors in the marketplace. Where Shakespeare used to say: “To be or not to be”, it is now “disrupt, or be disrupted”.

 

So companies feel the urge to move faster and embrace DevOps and the agile way of working. They simply have to… Teams become more self-sufficient and have the freedom to choose the tools they think can help them the best. And that’s fine, without this they wouldn’t be able to do their jobs right.

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, Integrations, Monitoring, Technologies, Algorithmic IT Operations

Capture your entire IT stack in one data model

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on May 24, 2017 6:16:40 PM

On October 16th of 1843 a mathematician called William Rowan Hamilton crossed a bridge in Dublin when all of a sudden he was struck with the solution to a problem he had been working on for many years.
He became so enthusiastic that he cut his famous equation for a new type of number he called a quaternion into the stone of the bridge: "i^2=j^2=k^2=ijk=-1." Quaternions, among other things, make rotating objects through arbitrary orientations in a 3D space possible. We have Hamilton to thank for making it possible to safely land on the moon. In fact we have Hamilton to thank for making our WebGL powered 3D engine work at StackState.
 
At times, the ability to get an insight of such complexity seems to me to require a superhuman amount of genius. Yet I recognize that Hamilton, that day on the bridge, had simply arrived at a critical point after a long and arduous journey. The end of one stage of the journey and the beginning of another. Once given enough background information on what Hamilton was exploring mentally, the equation that marks the completion of that stage of the journey, though still highly impressive, is not beyond human capability.
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Topics: Product, Algorithmic IT Operations

Monitor Docker with StackState - Part 4

Posted by Mark Bakker on May 17, 2017 3:29:48 PM

 

This post is part 4 in a 4-part series about Container Monitoring. Part 1 dives into some of the new challenges containers and microservices create and the information you should focus on. Part 2 describes how you can monitor your Mesos cluster. Part 3 describes the challenges of monitoring Kubernetes. In this article we will discuss the benefits of monitoring Docker containers with StackState and what should matter to you.

 

Docker is an emerging platform to build and deploy software using lightweight, pared-down virtual machines known as containers. By delivering easy-to-provision recipes for developers and bit-for-bit compatibility between environments, Docker is a popular solution to solve continuous delivery in modern infrastructure. 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, Integrations, Monitoring, Virtualization, Technologies, ITOA

How to monitor a Kubernetes environment - Part 3

Posted by Mark Bakker on Mar 30, 2017 10:15:05 AM

 

This post is part 3 in a 4-part series about Container Monitoring. Post 1 dives into some of the new challenges containers and microservices create and the information you should focus on. Post 2 describes how you can monitor your Mesos cluster. This article describes the challenges of monitoring Kubernetes, how it works and what this means for your monitoring strategy. 

 
What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is a powerful orchestration system, developed by Google, for managing containerized  applications in a (private) cloud environment. Kubernetes is able to automate the deployment,  management and scaling of containerized applications and services. Kubernetes provides the  infrastructure to build a truly container-centric development and operations environment.
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Topics: Dev/Ops, Integrations, Monitoring, Virtualization, Technologies, ITOA

Monitor Mesos with StackState - Part 2

Posted by Mark Bakker on Mar 22, 2017 3:00:02 PM

 

This post is part 2 in a 4-part series about Container Monitoring. Post 1 dives into some of the new challenges containers and microservices create and the information you should focus on. This article describes how to monitor your Mesos cluster.

 

Apache Mesos is a distributed systems kernel at the heart of the Mesosphere DC/OS and is designed for operations at very large scale. It abstracts the entire data center into a single pool of computing resources, simplifying running distributed systems at scale.

 

Mesos supports different types of workloads to build a truly modern application. These distributed workloads include container orchestration (like Mesos containers, Docker and Kubernetes), analytics (Spark), big data technologies (Kafka and Cassandra) and much more.

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, Integrations, Monitoring, Virtualization, Technologies, ITOA

The Container Monitoring Problem - Part 1

Posted by Mark Bakker on Mar 15, 2017 5:59:29 PM

 

This post is part 1 in a 4-part series about Docker, Kubernetes and Mesos monitoring. This article dives into some of the new challenges containers and microservices create and the metrics you should focus on. Part 2 explains how to monitor your Mesos cluster. 

 

Containers are a solution to the problem of how to get software to run reliably when moved from one environment to another. It’s a lightweight virtual machine with a purpose to provide software isolation.

 

So why are containers such a big deal?

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Topics: Dev/Ops, Monitoring, Provisioning, Technologies

8 Predictions for DevOps in 2017

Posted by Joey Compeer on Mar 8, 2017 11:52:31 AM

 

The past year was good for DevOps: we saw more enterprise adoption of containers and more companies throwing their hats into the container ring. We sat down with our friends from XebiaLabs – Andrew Phillips, Tim Buntel, and TJ Randall – and asked what they think the future has in store for the DevOps world of 2017.

 

1. A new wave of “next gen platform” projects is coming.

In 2017, we’ll see a new wave of “next gen platform” projects focused on container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes, and re-tooled PaaS platforms such as OpenShift or Cloud Foundry. Acceptance of the need for a cross-machine resource management and scheduling framework is growing, and the vendor ecosystem is rapidly throwing weight behind this movement. There will also be an increased shift away from defining containers directly, and more towards having containers generated automatically where necessary.

– Andrew Phillips, VP DevOps Strategy at XebiaLabs
 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM

Automate incident investigation to save money and become proactive

Posted by Mark Bakker on Mar 1, 2017 4:16:42 PM

 

How many hours did your best engineers spent investigating incidents and problems last month? Do those engineers get a big applause when they solved the issue? Most likely the answers are “a lot” and “yes”…

 

The reason that problem and incident investigation is hard, is because usually you have to search through multiple tools, correlate data from all those tools and interpret this data.

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM, ITOA

Product update: here's what's new from January

Posted by Joey Compeer on Feb 21, 2017 3:16:42 PM

 

We make big improvements to StackState every single day. Keeping you updated about these results on a day-to-day basis could become somewhat annoying, so that's where this monthly post fits in: a summary to share all our latest improvements and newest features.


During the last few weeks StackState has seen some huge improvements, so it’s time to catch you up on all the cool stuff we made last month. Let get right to it…

 

Mesos integration

Monitoring your containerized infrastructure can be challenging. Containers move and change so frequently, that it’s more difficult to get an overview of your container landscape – especially at scale.

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Topics: Product, Dev/Ops, ITSM, Integrations, Monitoring, Collaboration, Service Management, Provisioning, Virtualization, Technologies

Why don’t monitoring tools monitor changes?

Posted by Mark Arts on Feb 7, 2017 4:37:22 PM

 

Changes in applications or IT infrastructure can lead to application downtime. This not only hits your revenue, it also has a negative impact on your reputation.

 

Everybody in IT understands the importance of having the right monitoring solutions in place. From an infrastructure – to a business perspective, we rely on monitoring tools to get us the right information.

 

But I wonder, why don’t these tools monitor application updates and infrastructure changes? Especially in today’s world, where DevOps and agile working are pushing changes to the apps and infrastructure all the time? Manual configuration errors can cost companies up to $72,000 per hour in Web application downtime. While application maintenance costs are increasing at a rate of 20% annually, 35% of those polled said at least one-quarter of their downtime was caused by configuration errors.

 

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Topics: Dev/Ops, ITSM, Monitoring

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