July 6, 2015 | Written by: Charles Comiskey
Categorized: What's New
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As of May 23rd IBM Bluemix Container Service now provides a native Kubernetes operations experience while removing the burden of maintaining master nodes. Kubernetes itself is based on the Docker engine for managing software images and instantiating containers. Get the details.
Application monitoring and logging is akin to our need for electricity in everyday life. Without it, an application is running in the dark. Finding and fixing issues is near impossible. Operating in a dynamically scaling cloud environment amplifies the consequences.
IBM Containers with integrated monitoring and logging was announced at Dockercon 2015 then launched on June 30th. Leveraging Docker technology, IBM Containers allows users to deploy, manage, and run application components on IBM Bluemix.
Data collection made simple — It’s always on
IBM Containers collect key monitoring and logging data from within the cloud platform. No agents required. Traditional agent-based approaches require multiple processes adding complexity and process overhead. Trending approaches require additional configuration, container modification or carry additional pre-requisites. IBM Containers’ cloud platform approach keeps container processes dedicated to the workload. Best of all, it is ready to go and pre-configured for collecting data.
Key health metrics such as CPU, Memory, and Network I/O are collected and available to you whether the container is initiated from the IBM Bluemix platform or if you bring your container to the Bluemix platform on the IBM Cloud.
Log events from your Docker log file and from
/var/log/messages are also collected and available to you too.
Gain insights interacting with your data
Interact with your data to gain insights enabling you to more quickly find then fix your application or environment issues. IBM Container monitoring and logging do this in two ways:
- As shown above, IBM Container health metrics are available, at-a-glance, from your container details page. Select the metric that best conveys the health of that container instance
- Enhance your interaction and insights through our advanced views into the popular open source tools: Kibana and Grafana. Within these tools, you can build insightful dashboards leveraging each tools’ filters and calculation functions to root cause then fix your problem.
The integrated monitoring and logging collection and visualization and insight enablement offered today is only the beginning. We will continue to expand on this foundation of capabilities keeping operations visibility on your application. Over the coming weeks the team involved with introducing our monitoring and logging capabilities will share more about its capabilities.