Containerized application environments are the enterprise trend of the future. According to Gartner, by 2020, more than 50 percent of global enterprises will be running containerized applications in production—up from less than 20 percent today. In addition, IDC says that by 2021, more than 95 percent of new microservices will be deployed in containers. Containers introduce benefits of speed and flexibility, but they also come with increased complexity when it comes to monitoring, orchestration, and visibility.
A new Container Monitoring Essentials hub page from CA provides a valuable resource to not only to learn about the essentials but to take deeper dives into the latest updates on the issues, trends, and events affecting containerization today. For example, in an embedded video, CA Senior Principal Product Manager Amy Feldman talks about the microservices and the challenges of monitoring them. Beyond the mainContainer Monitoring Essentials hub page, the site is segmented into four tabs representing the primary principles of CA’s approach to container monitoring:
- Principle #1—Complete Visibility. Container monitoring allows containerized environments to be distilled into easy-to-understand, sharable views of application performance. Performance metrics can be correlated across hosts, containers, microservices, and applications, permitting the immediate contextualization of issues immediately, with no lengthy data capture, manual analysis, problem hand-offs, or multiple tools required.
- Principle #2—Change Analysis. Container monitoring enables visibility into the impact of changes on application performance within the context of a team’s tasks and activities. Changes to application code, infrastructure, and topology can be tracked across time, enabling quick problem identification and resolution, as well as the identification of conditions that correlate to increased performance.
- Principle #3—Actionable Intelligence. Containerized applications create an exponential increase in alerts and the number of metrics that can be tracked. Container monitoring reduces the number of alerts, allowing a focus on only the most critical alerts. At the same time, these critical alerts can also display actionable information and the workflows needed to quickly address a problem.
- Principle #4—Flexible Monitoring. The key to strong container monitoring is having more than one way to monitor containers, without an increase in tools or cost: adopting non-intrusive agentless technologies that automatically discover, monitor, and trace all types and sizes of containerized applications and transactions; and providing insights into latency speeds, error rates, and end-to-end application performance.
The Container Monitoring Essentials hub page also provides a download for CA’s comprehensive Container Monitoring & Management ebook, which discusses the importance of containers in today’s datacenter environment, predicting that containers will—in time—be the means by which all workloads are deployed on server platforms. It also speaks extensively to the sometimes-tricky objectives of container monitoring, and it provides snapshots of emerging approaches—including CA’s future-proof application monitoring solution.