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Assessing Application and Infrastructure Monitoring for Containers

Published: 26 June 2019

ID: G00385720

Analyst(s): Gregg Siegfried , Richard Watson


Containers, Kubernetes and the infrastructure to support them add new layers to the observability needed to operate modern distributed systems. This research shows I&O technical professionals how to process signals gathered from running containers and their infrastructure.

Table Of Contents


  • What to Monitor in a Containerized Environment
    • Types of Data Required for Holistic Monitoring
    • How Is Container Monitoring Different?
    • Stages of the Container Monitoring Data Life Cycle
    • Integrating Monitoring With Container Orchestration
    • Example Deployment Architectures
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Design Monitoring Into Your System as a Core Feature
    • Automate Monitoring Configuration
    • Be Disciplined in Designing and Adhering to Metadata Dictionaries
    • Understand the Trade-Offs Between Well-Established and New Vendors
    • Reduce Feature Redundancy
    • Collaborate With Dev and Ops Teams When Gathering Requirements
    • Prioritize Automated Service Discovery and Rich Application Monitoring Integration

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