Let’s review some new trends in monitoring

Not that system monitoring has much to do with NY Fashion Week or the most avant-garde venues in London’s Soho, but they share the yearning for something new, something fruitful and original. And since we are also some kind of modern hipsters obsessed with everything cool and trendy, today we will try to review some of those new trends in monitoring, the most recent news that affect our field. We are a top company devoted to that segment of the market and we always have to be aware of everything that happens nowadays. “Always on trend”, that’s what the flashing patch of our leather jacket would say as we walk the catwalk under the spotlights.

APM or Application Performance Monitoring

Monitoring application performance can dramatically affect a company, as well as the usability of the applications it uses on a daily basis, as we have already explained in previous articles.

But what are we talking about when we say APM? Going to the very basis, APM is “monitoring application performance with the intent of guaranteeing the best user experience and minimizing availability problems”. Previously, this type of monitoring dealt only with the application’s development stage. It solved any type of failure or breach just before the application got released to the market. However, bam!, with the speed of development and updating of the new technologies that we have today, this is no longer the case. Application performance monitoring has had to be broadened.

The importance and validity of APM finds its basis in the increasing development and need for applications, the diversity of the existing platforms where the applications have to work, the more complex development of technologies -which need constant monitoring- and the idea, quite transcendental, that an application can never, I repeat, never, fail. Unless, of course, we want to lose users, customers and money.

Cloud monitoring

A while ago we also had the opportunity to talk about this topic on our blog. You can take a look, if you want, here. From now on, if we have dealt with it before, we should say something epic like: Previously in Pandora FMS…

Well, the Cloud is a new trend. Only starting from the idea of the importance of the Cloud in recent times, should we be aware of its relevance in all environments. And when I say “all”, I mean ALL, also in monitoring, of course, where it has been discovered as a new and powerful tool.

It is not by chance that we have seen, in recent times, an evident exodus and stampede of companies, of all kinds, towards the Cloud. And also a big and fierce battle among competitors to stand out in this field. Without going any further, you can see that there are already all kinds of monitoring tools that focus on that, on cloud monitoring. Although just a few, I have to say, some can compete with Pandora FMS (ahem, ahem…) because, today they cannot give that global coverage that our company can provide when monitoring systems, applications and processes, with hardly any difficulties. That still keeps us as the best in that Cloud of dust and data where we all fight and from which you can only see fists raised and armor flying, as if it were an epic fight between Spartans and Persians.

Container and Orchestrator Monitoring

Previously in Pandora FMS… Docker monitoring: challenges derived from the nature of containers and Kubernetes and Helm: monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana.

Containers, like Docker, are a very fresh tool but already very widespread, “well documented, with high compatibility and above all very easy to use”, as our experts say, more specifically, Rafa, Project Manager at our company. We love you Rafa! “Just to give you an idea, today”, he tells us, “we can develop and deploy Docker containers that are prepared with the libraries we need. Regardless of the machine they run on, they will always have the same libraries, the same configuration and will run exactly the same as on the developer’s machine.” “Before, you could do it with a virtual machine,” you may think, but why fool ourselves?, they are much more difficult to manage.

As for orchestration, it is immediately followed by this point, that of containers. You can manage the containers manually and separately, which is good for something specific, but if the number of containers starts to grow, this could become a nightmare, and that is where container orchestration comes in, to manage multiple containers in a feasible way. With orchestration you will not only manage containers, but also their environment, and this includes their relationships and connections.

I hope these new monitoring trends make you the boss. That’s why we fight to make “the coolest” tomorrow.

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