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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

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

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