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September 11, 2019 By Frank Reno

Helping solve the Kubernetes challenge: Sumo Logic at the helm

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration governed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Kubernetes helps you focus on your applications by providing powerful abstractions and help solves many of the challenges of managing, deploying and scaling your containerized applications. However, simply migrating to Kubernetes does not mean you will be sailing smoothly. Kubernetes is complex. It consists of multiple components, all working together to seamlessly orchestrate your applications. Not only do you have to architect your applications differently and deploy them differently, but you also have to rethink your monitoring, troubleshooting and security.

[EBOOK] Kubernetes Observability

Learn how to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure your Kubernetes environment with Sumo Logic.

The Challenges Of Kubernetes

Kubernetes is complex. It consists of multiple components working together to orchestrate your containerized applications seamlessly. However, it’s not always smooth sailing with Kubernetes. Let’s talk about a story of a Kubernetes Platform Engineer trying to diagnose an issue with their application:

  • It all started with a PagerDuty alert, indicating that one of their core applications was having an outage affecting their customers experience.
  • She first dove into the application logs looking for an explanation.
  • Next she when to the Kubernetes events, to see what has changed on the cluster.
  • Next she started to look at the Kubernetes configuration for the affected pods, making sure they had the correct resource requests and limits settings.
  • Next she went to GitHub. Have there been any config changes? Maybe new code was pushed out?
  • She started to think about the applications, their dependencies and how the pieces fit together.
  • She continued down this rabbit hole, starting to look at the underlying infrastructure and network layers.

This story is a story we hear over and over again from our customers. When things go wrong in Kubernetes, you have to navigate a complex web dependencies, from Kubernetes to the underlying infrastructure to the application layer.

Sumo Logic: The DevSecOps Platform For Kubernetes

In order to have observability of a modern application like Kubernetes, you need a Continuous Intelligence platform that gives you discoverability, observability and security of your Kubernetes clusters. I am excited to announce the release of our new solution for Kubernetes. Let’s walk through some of these new capabilities.

Discoverability: Explore Your Kubernetes Clusters

Explore is a single pane of glass that lets you discover your Kubernetes clusters no matter where they are running. Explore is an out of the box, context rich experience that allows our customers to map their Kubernetes objects into Sumo Logic and get immediate rich visibility about the behavior of those objects. This allows customers to perform troubleshooting tasks with less friction. Explore comes with a curated set of views that organize a customer’s metadata, so that they can drill down into their services and applications or into their infrastructure.

Discoverability: Next Generation Dashboards (Closed Beta)

Sumo Logic’s new dashboarding framework is optimized for data dense, interactive visualizations for a unified metrics and logs experience. From extensible variables to brand new visualizations like honeycombs, the new dashboard framework lays the foundation for expressive observability across data streams. Our unified logs and metrics panel builders allow you to layer logs and metrics data on the same panels and make it easy to find your data. Contact your account team to request access to the beta today!

Observability: Comprehensive Collection and Data Enrichment

Sumo Logic collects data from your clusters leveraging cloud native technologies tightly coupled with Kubernetes. We collect logs, metrics, events and security events to ensure you have complete observability of your clusters. Sumo Logic enriches these streams with comprehensive metadata. Metadata drives our new Explorer experience and makes it easy to pivot between streams of data.

Observability: Data Enrichment of Logs

Log metadata allows customers to freely tag their logs with simple key-value pairs. Any Sumo Logic collector and log source will now support adding key-value pair fields. These fields can be used everywhere in Sumo Logic, from searching logs and to securing access to your logs via RBAC. A new fields management page brings proper managements of all fields, whether they were created from our new log metadata capability or field extraction rules. Log metadata is integral to our new collection process for Kubernetes. Sumo Logic automatically captures well known metadata such as pod, container, namesplace, cluster service and deployment with your log streams via the new log metadata feature.

Observability: Transform Your Metrics

Metrics Transformation rules enable you to aggregate and transform your raw time series data into new time series. In addition, it provides the flexibility in the retention of original and newly transformed data. Transformation Rules give you the control to assign a value to your time series data. You can keep high cardinality, high volume data for a shorter retention period and aggregate the raw data to higher level business KPIs for long term trending and storage.

Security: Out of the Box

Observability of Kubernetes is not just about being able to monitor and troubleshoot. You cannot have an observable system without understanding the security of it as well. Sumo Logic is the first DevSecOps platform that delivers continuous intelligence for your Kubernetes clusters with security built right in. Sumo Logic’s solution provides out-of-the-box support for security events with Falco.

Security: Integrated with the Ecosystem

We are launching a suite of new apps built for Kubernetes. Our Kubernetes apps are built for wherever Kubernetes is running. We have refreshed our Kubernetes apps for non-managed, Amazon EKS and GKE and we are also introducing a new App for AKS. We have also partnered with the leading vendors in Kubernetes Security and have apps for Aqua, JFrog Xr-Ray, StackRox and Twistlock.

We have also partnered with the leaders in the CI/CD ecosystem and are happy to announce new integrations with Armory and, CircleCI as well. and CodeFresh.

Sumo Logic: Continuous Intelligence For Kubernetes

Sumo Logic is the first DevSecOps platform that delivers continuous intelligence for your Kubernetes clusters no matter where they run. Our solution gives you the discoverability you need to understand your Kubernetes deeply and with the context needed to navigate at the infrastructure and service and application level. The discoverability is powered by comprehensive observability, capturing all the critical signals from Kubernetes and enriching that data with complete metadata. We provide you with integrated security out of the box and through deep integrations with the wider Kubernetes ecosystem. Be sure to check out more details about our Kubernetes Observability Solution, watch a demo, and sign up for a 30-day free trial!

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Frank Reno

Frank Reno

Frank Reno is a senior technical product manager at Sumo Logic where he is focused on all things containers, orchestration and open source. Frank works with customers and our product teams to design and build solutions for Sumo Logic customers leveraging technologies like Docker and Kubernetes. He is also an active contributor to Sumo Logic open source solutions and to the general open source community.

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