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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

Let Operational Analytics improve your business

Posted by Joey Compeer on Nov 22, 2016 5:10:24 PM

 

Products and services are getting smarter. The Google Car can drives itself. Your phone knows how to take the best selfie and it even tells you when to leave to be on time for that important meeting. The systems that runs these services are able to use and understand data in a very smart way. Now it's time for IT operations to get smarter.

 

Today's DevOps teams lack the ability to use data of different systems in a smart way. They don't have advanced, data-science-driven technologies to see what's happening in their stack, to see what changed, to trouble shoot on issues and to understand the relations and dependencies between all the applications and systems in the stack.

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Topics: ITSM

StackState a forerunner for the DevOps Agile Skills Association

Posted by Joey Compeer on Nov 2, 2016 1:32:26 PM

 

StackState, leading provider of the first full stack IT operations platform, today announced that it is a forerunner organization for the new DevOps Agile Skills Association. 

 

DASA includes IT thought leaders from around the world, and provides an independent and open platform to discuss, develop, challenge and co-create the baseline for the skills and competencies organizations require today and tomorrow.

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Topics: News, Dev/Ops

StackState announces Giga-level sponsorship of Splunk .conf2016

Posted by Joey Compeer on Sep 26, 2016 10:24:16 AM

 

StackState, a leading provider of the first full stack IT operations platform for DevOps, today announced that it is a Giga level sponsor of .conf2016. The 7th Annual Splunk Worldwide User’s Conference will feature more than 185 sessions and is expected to attract more than 4,400 Splunk enthusiasts who know the value of their data. The conference will be held September 26 – 29, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

 

StackState will be demoing the Splunk integration for their IT operations platform, a solution for Business and IT managers including their DevOps teams, that provides unique insight into the health of the entire stack, from the hardware level all the way up to the business process level.

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Topics: News

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