For IT organizations wanting to thrive in the application economy and provide customers with higher-quality software, faster, DevOps is increasingly the answer. As you know, DevOps focuses on collaboration across IT domains from development to delivery. But, at times, teams looking to adopt best practices for implementing DevOps that span tools and processes, neglect a key area – infrastructure monitoring configuration and deployment.
Here are some insights on how to re-consider this aspect:
Monitoring is critical to the success of DevOps and providing a superior customer experience
Customer experience through multi-channel software applications is the ultimate battle ground in today's economy. You cannot deploy an application without configuring and deploying monitoring for the infrastructure that runs it. A holistic monitoring approach ensures that you are not only able to identify issues before your customers do but also iteratively and systematically improve the overall experience of the application through each DevOps cycle using performance data.
But deploying monitoring can be challenging across modern, hybrid infrastructures
Modern infrastructures are becoming more hybrid and dynamic in nature with the rapid adoption of cloud based resources. Typically, as organizations accumulate multiple tools to manage these infrastructures, deploying and configuring monitoring becomes a challenge. Multiple tools must be configured to complete monitoring for the entire stack of an application. In addition, this is a manual process that drains on the team's time and is error prone. In a DevOps world where you must quickly deploy new application releases, you cannot let your monitoring tools get in the way. Eventually the "Ops" side of the house ends up taking the blame for slowing down the process.
Unified, automated configuration provides needed speed and accuracy for DevOps
Having a single tool to manage monitoring configurations eliminates the need to use multiple screens, processes or templates. This boosts a team's productivity and frees up time to perform high impact work. Reusable, best practice templates ensure every infrastructure element of an application is being tracked whether it is on premise or in the cloud. This helps deliver an optimal customer experience. Finally making this process as automated as possible from discovery to deployment, speeds the overall process and enables IT operations teams to better support high velocity DevOps environment.
Looking at similar requirements from our customers, we recently introduced automated monitoring configuration in our infrastructure monitoring solution to better meet the needs of DevOps teams. A third party firm compared CA's latest release with some other tools in the market and our time to monitor was significantly faster, giving our customers a competitive edge.
What's your time to monitor? Does it need more velocity?
Umair Khan is Product Marketing Manager for Infrastructure Management Solutions at CA Technologies.