Assessing Monitoring Tools for a Container-Ready Infrastructure

Archived Published: 23 November 2016 ID: G00311487


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Docker containers stress the infrastructure differently than virtual and bare-metal servers. Today's monitoring tools are unable to provide sufficient visibility to be effective for containers. This assessment provides approaches to help technical professionals capture and process relevant metrics.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What Is Infrastructure Monitoring?
    • How Is Container Monitoring Different?
    • Container Metrics Collectors
      • API- or Log-Based
      • Kernel- or CPU-Level Snooping
      • Custom Instrumentation
    • Time Series Databases
    • Analytics, Visualization and Alerting
    • Integration With Scheduling and Orchestration
    • Example Deployment Architectures
      • cAdvisor + InfluxDB + Grafana
      • Sysdig + Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana)
      • Datadog + Splunk
    • What About APM?
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Guidance
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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