What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is an open-source platform designed as a platform for building an ecosystem of components and tools to make it easier to deploy, scale, and manage applications. It provides the mechanisms for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts, providing a container-centric infrastructure.

As a go-to tool for modern software developers, Kubernetes has gained significant momentum across enterprises to increase scalability and flexibility, reduce overhead, and accelerate deployment cycles for new cloud-native applications.

Why You Should Re-evaluate Your Monitoring Solution for These New Environments

A Highly Dynamic Environment

Kubernetes automatically provisions and decommissions containers depending on demand. Monitoring dashboards and alerts must immediately reflect the latest changes.

High Churn Containers

Starting a new container is easier than troubleshooting, shortening a container’s lifetime to minutes or days. Can your solution handle an increasing number of components and high frequency churn?

Abstracted Infrastructure

Orchestrators automatically place containers on nodes in a cluster, so knowing where apps or services are running is more difficult to manage. Understanding clear relationships from app to pod to node is critical.

The SignalFx Difference

Be Consistently Aware of What’s Changed. The SignalFx Smart Agent automatically discovers and monitors third-party applications running in every container on every node. Ensure monitoring is consistently up-to-date in highly dynamic environments.

Immediately Visualize Your Data. Explore ’Up and Down’ The Stack. SignalFx includes built-in, out-of-the-box visualizations specifically designed for Kubernetes environments. These visualizations include:

  • Architecture view: Gain instant visibility into your Kubernetes environments and see patterns and trends in membership and resource utilization within or across clusters. 
  • Node and pod dashboards: Dive deeper into your service and visualize individual containers while maintaining context of the relationship to the original node.
  • Built-in container content: Leverage out-of-the-box dashboards for key health metrics from an aggregate view down to individual containers.

Deliver On-Time Alerts That Adapt To Fast-Moving Data. Built on the industry leading massively parallel streaming analytics platform, SignalFx’s dynamic detectors recognize containers within a minute of creation and evaluate alert conditions to trigger within seconds.

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