Much of the discussion around tooling in the DevOps environment focuses on automation of the configuration and release management processes. Somewhat lower on the radar screen are tools (and processes) for the monitoring of an evolving IT environment. This excellent presentation by Patrick Debois, Israel Gat and Andrew Shafer talks about how the metrics that are collected through the monitoring process have to change. The tools, however, may also be morphing as well. “Big management data” will likely lead to a change in the architecture of the technologies that we use for monitoring. Established companies like Splunk have of course been trailblazers in this regard, but others are also starting to arise. Boundary is another company which recently came out of stealth mode to potentially keep your eye on. I’m working now on a research note detailing some of the non-conventional wisdom that has accrued when it comes to DevOps-oriented monitoring. I plan to follow this up with some additional writing on how management architectures will increasingly look like their business application peers in the big data world so stay tuned.
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