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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 105: Blue Medora’s Monitoring Integration 

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“That’s the focus of Kubernetes … Over time, we may take over the entire lifecycle of application — from an idea to monitoring to application workflow to the eventual decommissioning of that application. We are already witnessing users extending Kubernetes APIs.”

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CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips
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47% of Surveyed Companies' Employees Are Open Source Contributors
Microservices & Data, Perfect Together
Microservices, along with serverless and DevOps, are hard to define terms because they describe patterns and architectures as much as specific technologies. Yet, survey data points to a strong correlation between many of these subjects. Last month, we reported that 81 percent of people using microservices in production adhere to DevOps or continuous delivery practices. A survey conducted by Lightbend in mid-2017 focusing on “fast data” showed another strong link between microservices adoption and use of streaming technologies. Note that fast data is a term meant to indicate that speed not size (i.e., big data) is the frame of reference. While only 34 percent of all respondents used microservices in production, the figure rose to 50 percent among those that use advanced fast data use cases in production. Advanced use cases includes real-time personalization, machine learning, and IoT pipelines, and excludes activities like ETL and traditional statistical analysis.
 
survey of Kafka users conducted by Confluent supports the aforementioned finding as 50 percent said that microservices is one of their Kafka use cases.
What's Happening

What makes Kubernetes unique? We asked Brandon Philips, chief technology officer and co-founder of CoreOS, in our latest edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded at Kubecon + CloudNativeCon last December (This interview was recorded before Red Hat purchased CoreOS earlier this year).

Over Time, Kubernetes May Take Over the Entire Lifecycle of Applications

Blue Medora’s Monitoring Integration

Application and infrastructure performance monitoring is a big topic for The New Stack. It’s a sprawling field, ranging from open source packages like Prometheus to commercial offerings from AppDynamics. So we were intrigued to learn that TNS sponsor Blue Medora launched what it calls the “industry’s first IT monitoring integration as-a-service.”

Called BindPlane, this service connects the health and performance data across many of the most popular performance monitoring and analytics platforms, such as New Relic, VMware Wavefront, and SignalFx. Today’s approach to aggregating monitoring data is through the use of plugins for analytics dashboards. This approach has limitations though, as the plugins rely on flat metrics. BindPlane, in contrast, “enhances health and performance metrics with critical metadata about the inter- and intra-relationships between all the metrics in the IT stack,” according to the company. In other words, the service provides the context around the metrics.

“BindPlane is a major shift in integration strategy, reflecting the move to next-generation monitoring models, and the reality of hybrid cloud environments,” explained Nathan Owen, CEO and co-founder of Blue Medora. For more information about BindPlane, check out Blue Medora’s website. And be sure to stop in at The New Stack for the latest monitoring news.

Security: What Enterprise Architects Need to Know Today

In a guest post from Twistlock, Twain Taylor describes what enterprise architects need to know about today’s security environment for the enterprise, touching on topics such as data, legacy systems and cloud-native applications.

GitHub Predicts Hottest 2018 Open Source Trends

GitHub staff recently sifted through the site’s 2017’s data in order to identify top open source trends they predict will thrive in 2018.  It identified the top 100 projects that had at least 2,000 contributors in 2016 and experienced the largest increase in contributors in 2017. For cross-platform development, Angular, React and Electron ruled the roost.

Internet of Things Platforms: Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform vs. Amazon Web Services

In this contributed post, Myron Monets, a marketing exec from Mobilunity, looks at the Internet of Things platform services from the three cloud providers and points out the strengths of each.

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Join us in Boston for the first stop on the 2018 TNS Pancake Breakfast world tour as we discuss how Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes are growing up. How do developers and users spend their time now that open source software projects are giving them such a hand in building applications at scale on open common platforms? That’s just a taste of what we’ll chat about over carbs and conversation at the Boston Cloud Foundry Summit. 20% off with code CFNA18TNS. Register Now!
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