Containers and Cloud-Native environments have changed applications forever. Application Performance Management has to keep up. If you are looking to monitor Cloud-Native containerized applications, consider these six pillars of functionality.
Continuous Automatic Discovery and Mapping
With containers, the only constant is change. APM must automatically discover and map all application components, and then update the map when changes occur.
One-Second Metric Granularity
Containers can spin up and decommission in an instant. Metric granularity longer than one second leads to missing data and – worse – unidentified problems.
Three-Second Problem Notification
Don’t wait to see if a new container behaves properly. Get near real-time notification so you can roll back or fix any problems immediately.
Full Stack Tracing of Every Request
Every request is important in its own way – and every one has the potential to fail or degrade. Any request you don’t capture could be a bad trace that you didn’t debug. So… Trace. Every. Single. Request.
Focus on What Matters
The scale, complexity, and dynamic nature of containerized apps can be overwhelming. Filter out extraneous systems and requests so you can focus only on the systems you’re investigating.
Leverage Artificial Intelligence
Thousands of containers each holsd thousands of elements. No human could manage application performance on her own! Your APM tool must automatically determine which Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to collect, when measurements indicate service incidents, and the likely root cause of proiblems – all without the help of puny humans like you.
To allow your Operations and Development teams to operate effectively, look for tools that have all six of these pillars. Anything less will jeopardize your container projects. To learn more about how Instana can help you achieve better service quality, visit instana.com.