As developing applications becomes a top priority for many companies, cloud-native infrastructure components such as containers are becoming increasingly popular. They give companies the advantage of improved portability, availability, and scalability.
It is vital for companies to deploy a container monitoring and observation strategy to ensure efficient deployment.
Some things to consider when it comes to monitoring containerized deployments with AWS include:
- Interoperability: Before deciding on your container technology, make sure that it integrates with your pre-existing cloud infrastructure. The technology should be able to read and monitor tools that are being utilized in your current platforms and processes.
- Scalability: While choosing your technology platform or partner, make sure it is scalable according to future data trends. Data volumes continue to grow at a very high speed. Your monitoring solution should be able to manage what you have today and adapt itself to the growing needs of tomorrow.
- Latency: Traditional systems often have a latent approach to monitoring. They follow batch monitoring systems that run in intervals and thus cannot catch insights in real-time. It is vital to deploy systems that send alerts within seconds.
- Churn: Probably one of the biggest considerations you will have when choosing a monitoring partner for your containers is the likelihood of churn. Churn happens when a data source is replaced by a similar source. This creates a mass of metadata that can create sudden volumes, decreasing container efficiency. Monitoring and observability technologies should be able to cope with such inefficiencies.
- Visualization: A system that can easily visualize your data points can give you ease of visibility about your containers. This can also help you to find the root cause of an issue in a timely manner.
There are many other considerations that you should take before finalizing your monitoring partner. However, these should help to form some of the foundational queries that will help to ensure the best utility for your containers.