Anyone who is looking to create and develop software may be faced with the questions of whether they can possibly secure their creations as they work on them and at the same time retain their ability to manage their development process. Container monitoring software seems to be a class of software that is designed to address these very concerns. However, even if we know all of this, there are still several questions that can be asked. Firstly, what exactly is container monitoring software? Secondly, what is the goal of container monitoring software? Thirdly, what are the reasons that this type of software should have resources dedicated to it? In other words, why is it important for people to employ this type of software? Finally, what benefits does this type of solution have to offer?
What exactly does it mean for someone to engage in the practice of container monitoring? Every computerized system that exists has metrics by which its performance can be judged. Additionally, every system is a vast system that, if infected by malware software or viruses, can be crippled or contribute to the crippling of other systems if the malware spreads. Container monitoring is a practice that involves a given piece of software collecting metric data related to the system that is running the monitoring solution. At the same time that it is collecting metrics, it is also tracking the system’s overall health.
It’s nice that this software exists. However, the goals of this type of software are unclear. What does this software attempt to accomplish? Solutions of this type usually have a couple of end goals:
Ensure observability: The kind of systems that run containers tend to be extremely complex. This complexity makes their various components hard for administrators to track. One of the goals of these pieces of software is to make it possible for the administrators to observe what is going on in the different parts of their systems.
Ensure that systems run smoothly. Container monitoring software solutions aim to keep system workloads working properly. Complex systems that have many tasks running all at once would be difficult to keep running efficiently. This is something that solutions of this type attempt to accomplish.
What is so important about this type of software? This question can be answered when one considers the goals that container monitoring software solutions are designed to meet. Developers who create applications drown in massive amounts of data. This makes it extremely difficult for them to even make sense of the metrics that come out of their system, much less use them constructively. Container monitoring software peels back the veil on the mass amounts of data that they have at their disposal. If developers want to be able to keep a close eye on their system’s data, they will need to employ these solutions. Furthermore, if they want to maximize their efficiency, they will be most likely to be able to do so if they are monitoring their systems with monitoring solutions. This allows developers to track how resources are used. When developers have this ability, they gain deep insights into how they are and should be using digital resources. They would best be able to maximize their resource usage by practicing container monitoring.
Container monitoring can benefit users in a number of ways:
Be proactive. By monitoring your system you can anticipate issues before they ever arise. This empowers users to secure themselves and reduce the number of threats that can slip through and harm them.
Help your applications run more effectively. Users can help their applications run more effectively by tracking their system’s data. They can use the data that they gather to tweak their applications as necessary.
Maximize the use of your resources. Container monitoring can enable developers to assign resources where they will be most effectively used. This is possible because the impact of their resources are carefully being watched.
Resolve issues quickly. When issues slip through an application’s security, they can wreak havoc. Container monitoring allows users to quickly catch anything that manages to breach an application’s security. They can then resolve the issues before their systems are badly damaged.
Obviously, when moving from a "best-of-breed" solution to a single-vendor ecosystem, such as ServiceNow CMDB, ITOM, Automation/Orchestration, something will be lost.
However, assuming the threshold of success is 80% (of the best-of-breed enterprise management/monitoring and automation/orchestration platform, tool-agnostic...), has anyone successfully accomplished this goal?
Sr.Dir/Managing Principal Technology Consulting at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Apr 13, 2022
Hi @Michael Stollery,
Difficult to answer w/o knowing what Business Outcomes (Value) are you looking to realize.
It is NOT as much about migrating from A to B, but more about what incremental or differentiating value are you looking to realize and in what time frame?
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