On October 21, 2019, AWS suffered a DDoS attack and several of their services experienced a partial outage that lasted just over 8 hours and brought down a large portion of the internet. Amazon confirmed that a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack caused the interruption in its services, leaving a large number of websites and applications inaccessible or partially accessible while they attempted to mitigate the issues.
Summer 2019 is officially over, so we wanted to look back and celebrate the way our team has grown and changed since the start of the season. As we look forward to cooler weather, warm sweaters, and the last few months of 2019, here are some of the awesome things Panopta did as a team this year.
We have recently finished updating the so that it can natively integrate with a vCenter cluster, making monitoring a VMware vCenter cluster simple and easy. Now, by providing some basic information to the OnSight, Panopta can discover all the hosts, clusters, datastores, and virtual machines you have running in that environment and immediately begin pulling default metrics for those instances.
Kubernetes, Google’s open-source container management platform, offers one of the most robust toolsets for facilitating container configuration and automation. However, the level of abstraction that is native to Kubernetes presents a lot of challenges to monitoring and, while the level of abstraction and auto-scaling Kubernetes offers is incredibly powerful, without proper monitoring, it can create even larger pain points for your team and customers.
The Panopta Monitoring Policy Framework is a tool meant to help manage your monitoring configuration, and quickly onboard new instances to an existing environment, or rapidly setup monitoring in a new environment. By bringing all of your configuration into one place, monitoring policies can help you automate adding templates, tags, manifest files, APIs, and other essential monitoring features to your infrastructure, getting you one step closer to fully-automated configuration.
One of our newest integrations adds native Docker monitoring to the Panopta Agent. Using the Linux Agent, which is included in our monitoring agent, customers can monitor their Docker containers by installing the Panopta Agent on the Docker host, allowing it to discover and represent each container individually as other instances would be represented. This means easier access and exposing important application metrics.
With the growing adoption of container and microservice-driven environments, it’s important not to get too excited and potentially throw yourself into a transition that leads to a disaster. While both Docker and containers have carved out a significant space in the industry, moving to containers is tricky and requires significant planning. In addition, there are still quite a few concerns about maintaining visibility on applications, and some teams hesitate because of them.
Containerization is more than just a trendy topic nowadays. With the rise of hybrid cloud environments and the ever-expanding adoption of containers, it’s important to start thinking about how to maintain visibility in these environments. Monitoring hybrid clouds presents many of the same challenges any hybrid environment would, but with the many moving parts that come with containers, there are additional challenges to take on as you begin a transition.