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DevOps and Monitoring

by Cameron Haight  |  November 8, 2011  |  1 Comment

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.image   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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Cameron Haight
Research VP
10 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

Cameron Haight is a research vice president in Gartner Research. His primary research focus is on the management of server virtualization and emerging cloud computing environments. Included in this effort is… Read Full Bio


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  1. Mahesh Kumar says:

    Nice article. IMHO, some trends that blow away past assumptions on IT monitoring are:

    Virtualization – speed of change, complexity, big-data or data explosion
    Hybrid Clouds – reach or location independence, security
    DevOps – collaboration and codification

    Monitoring is no longer a “data collection” problem it is a “data analysis” problem. I’ve added more color on this topic in this blog post http://bit.ly/sKXuPk.

    Looking forward to your research note.



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