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AIOps for Microsoft Azure Environments

Posted by Wytze Hazenberg on Dec 13, 2017 4:30:07 PM


As you might already know, StackState shines when it comes to providing a unified view of your Information Technology (IT) landscape. The last couple of years we have seen several businesses transition parts of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. However, only parts of the entire IT infrastructure are migrated to the cloud due to various reasons. Obtaining an overview of your entire infrastructure might be
 challenging when dealing with multiple tools, especially when introducing a whole new platform. Microsoft Azure is one cloud provider that is available today. This blog post focuses on leveraging Azure as a topology and telemetry source for StackState.
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Is Root Cause Analysis Dead or Are We Just Getting Started?

Posted by Lodewijk Bogaards on Nov 27, 2017 5:09:34 PM

 

Recently a friend sent me a link to a blog post called “The myth of the Root Cause” (http://blog.scalyr.com/2016/10/the-myth-of-the-root-cause/). This post makes some valid points. Especially the point that as our systems become more sophisticated, so do our problems. Often it is hard to find a single root cause. In fact, there might not even be one!

 

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Topics: Monitoring, Algorithmic IT Operations, DevOps, Root Cause Analysis

What You've Missed at SplunkLive! Utrecht 2017

Posted by Joey Compeer on Nov 21, 2017 10:26:02 AM

 

The SplunkLive! events provide a great opportunity for Splunk Ninjas to test drive the latest Splunk products and solutions, while hearing about industry best practices and networking with Splunk technical experts partners and fellow Splunk gurus.

 

But there is one important thing that you’ve missed during SplunkLive! Utrecht 2017.

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Topics: Product, Algorithmic IT Operations, Event

StackState Product Update: Here's What's New

Posted by Joey Compeer on Oct 12, 2017 3:23:04 PM

 

We make improvements to StackState every single day. 

 

But, it would be kind of annoying if we told you every single day about all of the new stuff we’re doing at StackState, so that’s what this post is all about. A recap where we fill you in on everything that’s new inside of StackState from the last couple of months.

 

OK, let’s get to it - here’s what you need to know.

 

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

How to monitor NGINX with StackState

Posted by Mark Bakker on Jul 6, 2017 5:14:00 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, such as auto-scaling, speeding up the frequency of deployments, etc. However, at the same time, managing the complete IT stack is even more critical. With more than 80 integrations with popular DevOps tools and technologies, StackState enables you to monitor NGINX in context with the rest of your IT stack.

 

Application availability and performance are key for business survival. IT is not “back office” anymore, but an essential part of gaining 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.”

 

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

StackState Top-Ranked by EMA in Full Stack Monitoring Category

Posted by Erik Driehuis on Jul 4, 2017 9:19:10 PM

 

UTRECHT - Jun 27, 2017 - StackState, the world's first Algorithmic IT Operations (AIOps) platform, has been selected by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) as an "EMA Top Three" vendor in the category for Full Stack Monitoring.

 

StackState earned this industry recognition as part of EMA's new research report on "Ten Priorities for Hybrid Cloud, Containers and DevOps in 2017," authored by Torsten Volk, EMA Managing Research Director. “Enterprise Management Associates research shows that operational complexity, the lack of a unified monitoring solution, and insufficient staff skills are the key bottlenecks of container adoption in 2017. The magic behind StackState is its ability to attack all three bottlenecks by keeping track of every aspect of an application, from the Rack-level all the way up to the application, server and business process layer, even for external services," said Torsten.

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Topics: Product, News, 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

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