Logz.io Sees DevOps Observability Challenges Rising
November 6, 2020
released results of the DevOps Pulse 2020, the company’s annual analysis
of the key trends, points of interest, and challenges facing modern
engineers. This year’s survey focused on the rise of cloud-native
technology, highlighting increased adoption of technologies such as
microservices, serverless, and Kubernetes, and the challenges these
solutions pose for achieving observability, optimizing production
monitoring, and driving visibility into application and infrastructure
Many organizations are still transitioning to the cloud-native environment. 50% of respondents have half their applications or more containerized, solidifying containers’ maturity. On that note, serverless has also matured; in just one year, adoption has grown by 33%. In contrast, edge computing and service meshes are still emerging technologies.
Cloud native and microservices architectures have introduced new challenges for observability. 87% of respondents report their main observability challenges lie in supporting Kubernetes, microservices, and serverless frameworks.
The most common difficulties running Kubernetes are monitoring and troubleshooting (44%). Other problematic areas include security (35%), networking (34%), and cluster management (30%).
Engineers increasingly embrace tracing to help monitor their distributed architecture. Tracing solutions have increased in popularity this year. In 2019, 19% of respondents had adopted distributed tracing solutions, but in this year’s survey, the number rose to 26%. In addition, 68% of respondents say that distributed tracing plays an important role in their observability strategy. Among those who have not yet implemented distributed tracing, 64% plan to implement it in the next two years.
However, a unified approach to observability is still lacking. Despite the rise in adoption of tracing solutions, only 30% of respondents combine logs, metrics and traces to correlate telemetry data and improve production monitoring and analytics.
addition, this year’s survey analyzed the impact of COVID-19,
highlighting the challenges engineers experience because of their work
from home environment, and the required security considerations.
However, with COVID-19 forcing a consistent distributed work experience,
nearly 40% of respondents made remote hires in new regions and countries
that they otherwise would not have considered pre-pandemic.