As OpenStack supporters and tire kickers convene in Mountain View next week at the Unlocked Infrastructure Conference (a.k.a. OpenStack Silicon Valley), it is Unlocked Performance that I will have on my mind. Lately I’ve become a zealous red-flag waver on this issue. In fact, I recently warned of a DevOps train wreck in an article in The New Stack, and I’d like to ring that warning bell again:
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The beauty of Kubernetes is that it essentially frees an application developer from having to worry about the underlying infrastructure upon which the app runs. If only we could give operators the confidence that Kubernetes will run on their platform of choice—from private infrastructure to public providers—and their host operating system of choice. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s bundle in the additional operational tooling to monitor the health of Kubernetes itself.
Until now, microservice application developers and infrastructure operators have been stuck with old monitoring tools designed for monolithic technologies, where it is common for schedulers to take several minutes to do their work.
When running on software-defined infrastructure, applications share physical hardware resources. Resource contention on a host can lead to reduced and unpredictable performance of an application.TL;DR… It does not matter how much CPU is available if workloads are competing for memory.
Recent research from Everest Group found that three-quarters of all enterprises believe in leveraging concepts like Agile and DevOps to achieve competitive differentiation, expand market share and avoid obsolescence, yet most organizations struggle with DevOps adoption.
UPDATE: Headline changed to reflect proper expression of energy around containers. Super stoked that so many people wrote me to suggest the change!
The barbecue is long gone and house band, Soul Track Mind, that entertained us during the keynotes has packed up their amps. Still, there’s one meal or one song (choose your metaphor) that we Stackers can’t get enough of: Containers.
This spring has been crazy at AppFormix, and I mean that in the best possible sense. So many good things have come to fruition that it’s amazing to think that it was less than a year ago when we announced that AppFormix was exiting stealth mode with our solution for moving slow, sleepy monitoring technology into the service-optimization era.