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You've Got a Great Data Lake, Now What?

Posted by Mark Arts on Jan 11, 2018 4:03:12 PM

 

In my job, I meet a lot of customers who have invested heavily in a data lake. And for good reasons, of course. With the increasing complexity and growing number of tools used, there’s a tremendous need to have all the data in one place. 

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Topics: Monitoring, Algorithmic IT Operations, DevOps

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

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

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

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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