11. November 2021 By Frank Meyfarth
Continuously monitoring cloud infrastructures with Datadog
"Cloud-native thinking" is one of the cornerstones of the "New School of IT". The New School of IT aims to prepare IT for its importance to business success.
Using cloud technologies and processes creates advantages for cost, speed, scaling and stability. Being in the cloud is becoming the standard for large parts of the IT landscape. adesso provides its customers with support in every phase of cloud transformation, from strategy to migration to optimal use.
A no-cloud strategy is like a no-business strategy
Monitoring cloud infrastructures is essential
Cloud architectures pose new challenges for IT because cloud applications are usually widely distributed. IT is no longer limited to a few, potentially self-operated, data centres. Native cloud systems are often not just territorial, but also widely distributed in terms of vendors, platforms and technologies.
Because of the focus on IT as a central component for business success, it’s critical to have all the information about a complex cloud infrastructure’s multitude of components in view at all times. However, this is significantly more complex to do than in classic monolithic environments due to the heterogeneous nature of cloud applications and their wide distribution.
Continuously monitoring every aspect of an application – infrastructure, platforms, applications or APIs, for example – is essential for the following reasons, among others:
- It helps to identify risks before they become a problem
- It helps to recognise overarching correlations
- It provides end-to-end monitoring and fault analysis for every part of the cloud
- It provides live security and performance monitoring and analysis
- It analyses user and application behaviour
- It ensures that alerts are given in the event of risk
Although in-house development of such a solution is possible with open-source tools such as Elasticsearch, Grafana and so on, our experience shows that the effort involved is immense, especially with regard to long-term maintenance. That said, such a solution doesn’t attain the quality and scope of commercial products.
In order to be able to offer our customers in the cloud environment a professional solution for monitoring and alerting, we’ve decided to partner with Datadog.
Why did we choose to partner with Datadog?
We see ourselves as a highly committed enabler for our customers, especially in terms of high-quality delivery capability. Datadog shares our passion and commitment.
This is also reflected in Datadog’s positioning in the April 2021 Gartner Quadrant, in which it received its first listing as the ‘Leader’ in the area of Application Performance Monitoring (APM). As a native cloud solution without an on-premises legacy, the Datadog platform is also an excellent fit with the New School of IT’s cloud-native way of thinking
Furthermore, we were particularly impressed by the following features of the Datadog platform:
Quick and easy set-up
Datadog comes with over 400 connectors so that almost every common system and technology can be connected in the shortest amount of time.
The Datadog platform allows you to start with a small set-up and to scale volumes and features using the application landscape. This keeps the investment costs low, especially at the beginning, without limiting your options in later stages of expansion.
Datadog offers a comprehensive set of features for monitoring and analysis. These include:
- Infrastructure monitoring
- Container monitoring
- Serverless monitoring
- Log management
- Application monitoring
- Network monitoring
- Real user monitoring
- Synthetic monitoring
- Security and compliance monitoring
- Incident management
What does the partnership mean for our customers, for Datadog and for adesso?
Datadog is making quite an impression in the cloud-native monitoring and alerting sector. The use of a professional solution in this area allows us and our customers to focus on the technical core processes and their implementation. At the same time, a holistic view of the entire system is available from the start. This provides the security and freedom with which the cloud transformation can be driven forward in a concentrated manner without losing sight of the bigger picture.
What happens next?
Since Datadog works in close cooperation with Google (GCP) and Amazon (AWS), it’s obvious that adesso will recommend Datadog as a monitoring and alerting solution in cloud projects in the future.
In the Line of Business Banking, for example, Datadog will become the preferred monitoring and alerting solution for cloud projects. Datadog is used as the standard monitoring and alerting solution in projects based on the ‘adesso financial platform’.
We are currently examining how adesso can benefit from Datadog in the monitoring of existing customer platforms or applications within the scope of application maintenance.
Nevertheless, choosing a technology always depends on the context. For our customers in particular, this means that we will continue to decide which monitoring and alerting solution best meets the requirements within the context of the respective project on a case-by-case basis. We’re remaining vendor independent in this respect.
On the other hand, all parties involved in projects in which the Datadog solution is used will of course benefit from our close cooperation with Datadog.
We’re looking forward to working very closely with our new partner and to new exciting projects.
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