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September 11, 2019 By Ben Newton

Reimagining Observability: Announcing Sumo Logic’s new Kubernetes Solution

Kubernetes is the future. Don’t be left behind.

The history of technology, and Enterprise IT, in particular, is a story of trends colliding with trends. In the case of Kubernetes, we have the intersecting trends of cloud, microservices, and containerization adoption. The orchestration platform born in the juggernaut that is Google has become the focal point for all 3 of these trends. And why do companies care? Because it is life and death. If they don’t modernize, don’t drive digital transformation in their business, they risk being irrelevant in short order. There is enormous pressure to create globally available, always-on customer experiences at enormous scale. And you can’t really do that without cloud, microservices, and containerization - and you can do all of those so much better with Kubernetes.

[EBOOK] Kubernetes Observability

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

So, what’s holding us back?

So, there is no arguing that everybody and their brother, sister, cousin, and acquaintance is talking about, and experimenting with, Kubernetes. So, what, if anything, is slowing down adoption? Well. It’s complicated. No really. That’s it. Kubernetes is complicated. Moving to microservices running on containers is a massive shift for engineering and operations teams used to servers and networks. You have to build your application differently, deploying your code in new ways, move at speeds previously unknown. Containerized architectures running on Kubernetes can be so dynamic, so complex, that they almost seem alive - organic.

Even if your teams are comfortable with microservices, containers present a new world of complexity. Kubernetes is the platform that makes containers viable for production. That should make the complexity approachable. Except, sometimes it doesn’t. End-user problems can be very hard to troubleshoot and trace down to root causes. Platform engineers have to jump across multiple tools just to get a fuzzy picture of what is going on. The bottom line is that customer experience is at serious risk

Legacy tools are failing you

Most analytics and monitoring vendors are having the same issues. Their tools were built for relatively static, server-based environments. They were not built to handle tens of thousands of constantly changing containers running on a platform that generates massive amounts of machine data.

  • Legacy tools start with an infrastructure-first perspective that has your teams swimming in thousands of containers with no way to see the connection to customer issues.
  • Legacy tools don’t handle ephemerality (e.g. lots of unique measurements) well. A simple Kubernetes cluster can produce 200,000 unique measurements (time-series), and containers may only live for minutes at a time.
  • Legacy licensing models built for server-based systems punish users leveraging containers - often generating overages worth double or triple the base subscription fees.

So what do you do? You need a better approach.

You deserve something better - DevSecOps Observability for Kubernetes

Today Sumo Logic announced a solution built to help your teams get the most out of Kubernetes and accelerate your digital transformation. Based on extensive user testing, we built a solution to find and solve issues with Kubernetes.

Discoverability - Find and solve issues faster

Sumo Logic has built a dynamic dashboard solution that fits the mental model of Kubernetes - where the focus is on service reliability and end-user experience - not getting lost in the complexity of pods and containers. With Sumo Logic, engineers can not only troubleshoot infrastructure issues but can also quickly troubleshoot customer issues with a service-oriented approach. Users can drill down from the things that customers care about - services - to the things running the services - nodes, pods, and containers. This fundamentally reduces the risk of deploying Kubernetes in production.

Observability - Get the right data to solve the right problems

Sumo Logic integrates all of the relevant data - performance metrics, log events, and security events - into a single view that allows teams to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure their applications without switching tools. Sumo Logic has embraced the Kubernetes open-source community by providing deep integration into the best practice data collection tools (Prometheus, FluentD, Fluent-bit, and Falco). Our collection is deployed using Helm - the preferred method for Kubernetes admins. The point is to make Kubernetes easier to manage, not to force our proprietary methods on unwilling participants.

Security - Real DevSecOps visibility for Kubernetes

Security can no longer be siloed. The pace of change in the world of Kubernetes demands integration and collaboration across all disciplines. Sumo Logic’s solution provides out-of-the-box support for security events with Falco, as well as integration with the top Kubernetes security vendors like Twistlock, Aqua, and StackRox. Why would you ever put customer data in applications running on Kubernetes if you don’t know what the threats are and where they are coming from?

Don't Just Survive - Thrive in the Intelligence Economy

Our mission at Sumo Logic is to make it easy for our customers to innovate and move fast. In today’s world, everyone running modern applications is expected to know what’s happening in their applications -- which is their business -- the moment it happens. We call this “real-time accountability” -- the Intelligence Economy. It’s difficult and painful because the pace of technology change is overwhelming, which is why a new analytics approach is required for digital business -- one that keeps pace with the organic complexity of modern applications and operates in the new mental model of microservices and containerized architectures.

Sumo Logic is built on a cloud-native, multi-tenant, true SaaS architecture, which enables us to deliver real-time analytics as continuous intelligence. Now, with our new Kubernetes solution, we’re delivering continuous intelligence at the container and orchestration level to meet the needs of today’s modern application managers and operators. This is what our customers deserve, and we’re partnering with them to ensure we all not only survive but thrive in the Intelligence Economy. So, 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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Ben Newton

Ben Newton

Ben is a veteran of the IT Operations market, with a two decade career across large and small companies like Loudcloud, BladeLogic, Northrop Grumman, EDS, and BMC. Ben got to do DevOps before DevOps was cool, working with government agencies and major commercial brands to be more agile and move faster. More recently, Ben spent 5 years in product management at Sumo Logic, and is now running product marketing for Operations Analytics at Sumo Logic. His latest project, Masters of Data, has let him combine his love of podcasts and music with his love of good conversations.

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