A Guide to Monitoring Infrastructure and Applications

Application Performance Management (or Monitoring) is the practice of watching applications for anomalies, increased latency and data exchanges that impact the user’s experience. This has normally been tracked in Network Operations Centers (NOCs). There are numerous tools on the market created to help organizations identify problems and send alerts to the people best suited to remediate the issues. Among the drawbacks of this approach is the number of “false positive” results returned.

Older APM systems have not been architected for today’s development methods of microservices, containers and cloud-native applications. More modern implementations consist of instrumenting applications with software that detects errors, targets the root cause, and suggests fixes — or in some cases automatically does remediation — to prevent or reduce downtime.

The role of APM has traditionally been to flag issues in code that affect performance. To resolve those issues, it has been necessary to understand all the spaghetti code of a monolithic application – written by multiple developers who often do not have an overarching view of the entire application – and then deconstruct that code to get to the root cause.  Here are some articles to address the new APM architectures

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Circonus introduces Kubernetes monitoring solution in Spring 2020 release

Machine data intelligence platform provider Circonus is releasing a new Kubernetes monitoring solution to give IT teams health-based alert capabilities and ability to auto-scale. The monitoring solution is part of the company’s Spring 2020 release, which also features improvements to cloud monitoring, GCP marketplace availability, performance enhancements, and integration with Terraform.  The Kubernetes monitoring solution … continue reading

New Relic introduces AI suite for incident detection, resolution

Observability platform provider New Relic today is releasing a new suite of AI capabilities to help customers more quickly detect, assess and mitigate critical incidents. On-call DevOps and site reliability are tasked with monitoring massive amounts of information, and a big challenge is to find signals from a flood of alerts, to take action on … continue reading

Logz.io Infrastructure Monitoring now available

Cloud observability platform Logz.io has announced a new metrics monitoring solution based on the open-source analytics and monitoring solution Grafana. Logz.io Infrastructure Monitoring is designed to help teams manage the costs of data with infrastructure and custom metrics.  “The release represents a huge next step in our mission to provide the best open source for … continue reading

Is tracing for you? Probably not

Tracing is one of the hottest topics in observability and monitoring. There are myriad open-source projects, new startups, and entire conferences dedicated to it. But here’s the truth: While everyone building and maintaining software has heard of tracing, only a select few engineers are using it. In most cases, engineering effort and business resources would … continue reading

ITOps news digest: Instana announces vSphere support, IIC opens community forum, and Itential’s Automation Studio

Automatic APM provider Instana has announced it is adding vSphere support to its microservices application and infrastructure monitoring solution. The support will now enable users to discover, map and monitor components running on the VMware’s vSphere suite.  “The vSphere announcement continues Instana’s legacy of excellence in monitoring applications and their underlying infrastructure together. Whether organizations … continue reading

SolarWinds’ 2020 cloud confessions reveal lack of APM education

As application performance management (APM) becomes more mainstream, the need to educate companies on the tools and capabilities is crucial. SolarWinds has released Cloud Confessions 2020, which revealed while companies and development teams know the importance of APM, they aren’t moving past troubleshooting.  “This isn’t surprising considering APM has typically been siloed across DevOps and … continue reading

2019 DevOps Pulse survey from Logz.io

Logz.io predicts 2020 will be the year more teams invest in observability

Observability is expected to play a big role among DevOps teams in 2020. Logz.io predicts we will see more investment in space, distributed tracing adoption, and tool consolidations throughout the year. The company released its 2019 DevOps Pulse report to see how teams have been approaching observability and what their plans are for the next … continue reading

LogicMonitor acquires Unomaly

LogicMonitor acquires Unomaly for enhanced IT observability

LogicMonitor has announced it is acquiring the AIOps company Unomaly in the hopes of providing IT teams with better visibility into infrastructure issues and unexpected changes and events. Unomaly aims to bring a smarter approach to monitoring for all types of software systems. “Unomaly’s technology focuses on the automatic detection of log anomalies to support … continue reading

ITOps 2020 predictions from around the industry

Tim Armandpour, SVP of engineering at PagerDuty Forget reliability — with the adoption of resilience engineering and the proper use of automation, operators can expect a 20% reduction in unplanned work. Today’s organizations are fixated on the reliability of their technology. But any developer can tell you that the reality is not if it will … continue reading

SolarWinds announces SolarWinds AppOptics Dev Edition for APM

SolarWinds announced the release of its free AppOptics Dev Edition, a free infrastructure and application performance management (APM) solution, It is designed to be a “scaled-back version well-suited for development environments” that offers the same features as the full version. “The need to manage custom business applications is on the rise, placing new pressures on … continue reading

SolarWinds expands Azure support

SolarWinds announced updates to its IT operations management offering (which includes the Orion Suite and its APM suite) that offer new and expanded Azure support that encompasses on-premises and cloud environments.  The company has added support for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance as the Orion database, helping customers reduce management overhead and total cost of … continue reading

Splunk to acquire cloud monitoring company SignalFx for $1.05 billion

Splunk is taking its cloud offerings to new heights with the acquisition of real-time cloud monitoring for infrastructure, microservices, and applications solution provider SignalFx. The company has agreed to acquire SignalFx for approximately $1.05 billion.  According to Splunk, once the deal closes it will be focused on APM at every stage of an organization’s cloud … continue reading

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