SignalFx Microservices APM Debuts
November 19, 2018
Microservices APM is the industry’s first real-time application
performance monitoring solution designed to accelerate troubleshooting
for DevOps teams through advanced real-time analytics.
Powered by NoSample distributed tracing architecture, SignalFx
Microservices APM observes every single transaction – not just a small
random sample – and reports on every anomaly. With the new Outlier
Analyzer, the most challenging issues can now be pinpointed and resolved
with a single click.
SignalFx Microservices APM is built on top of SignalFx’s advanced
streaming analytics platform for metrics which applies unsurpassed data
science in real-time to identify the root cause of critical application
problems. Integration with advanced automation workflows can remediate
issues in seconds.
“Microservices have changed the game for companies, allowing them to
move faster by breaking up applications into modules that can be
developed and updated independently. At the same time, it is now
exponentially more difficult to identify and triage problems as they
span hundreds of services and evolve rapidly,” said Arijit Mukherji,
Chief Technology Officer of SignalFx. “SignalFx Microservices APM is the
only end-to-end monitoring solution designed to tackle this problem
head-on, dramatically reducing mean time to repair through directed
Traditional APM systems are not designed to handle the scale,
complexity, and dynamic nature of today’s microservices environments.
Their probabilistic sampling and batch processing approach may work for
legacy monolithic applications but falls short in a microservices world,
leaving developers in the dark and customers frustrated.
“The world happens in real-time and if something goes wrong, finding
problems minutes later just doesn’t cut it,” said Karthik Rau, CEO and
Founder of SignalFx. “Customers expect technology and applications to
just work. Their tolerance for failure is next to zero with the value of
their brand held in the balance.”
“The collateral damage of disappointing customers far exceeds and
outlasts the monetary impact. People remember,” said Trevor Rundell,
Director of Engineering at Drift. “The key to keeping our customers
happy is finding the root cause of the problem and fixing it –
preferably before they even notice.
“Being able to capture 100% of traces is very important to us. SignalFx
NoSample architecture means we no longer have to ‘hope we can find the
problem’ because now we ‘know we will find the problem,’” Rundell said.
Adam Nutt, Engineering Manager at Nike said, “With SignalFx
Microservices APM we now have all the traces we need to immediately get
to the root cause of any problem. That means more successful product
launches – and happier customers.”
Next Generation of Real-Time Cloud Monitoring
The SignalFx Real-Time Cloud Monitoring Platform for Infrastructure,
Microservices, and Applications is unique in Four Key Areas:
•Flexible, open instrumentation –
SignalFx makes it easy to ingest metrics, traces and events from any
source across the stack. DevOps can flexibly use the best tool for the
job choosing from a wide range of supported instrumentation options –
APIs, Smart Agent, Telemetry Adapters, Function Wrappers, Code
Auto-instrumentation. SignalFx instrumentation is based on open
standards (such as collectd and StatsD for metrics, and OpenTracing,
OpenCensus, and Zipkin for distributed tracing) and therefore agnostic
to how developers choose to collect data. Thanks to 150+ pre-built
integrations and the auto-discovery and auto-configuration capabilities
of the SignalFx Smart Agent™, Ops teams can start monitoring popular
systems in minutes.
•Real-time problem detection –
SignalFx is the only cloud monitoring solution based on a streaming
metrics architecture with mutable metadata. Thanks to this unique
SignalFlow™ architecture, SignalFx delivers consistent low-latency
problem detection and high-resolution visualization (1 sec metrics) –
even in high-cardinality use cases typical of digital business
applications. In today’s digital economy, companies cannot afford to
wait minutes for their monitoring solution to identify and alert on a
problem anywhere in the stack. Anomalous conditions have to be
identified in real-time, and alerts have to fire in seconds to avoid
impacting revenue and the customer experience. The SignalFx streaming
architecture is the only platform capable of detecting problems in
seconds no matter the amount of data generated by modern, short-lived
infrastructure and distributed microservices.
•Directed troubleshooting –
SignalFx shortens problem resolution in a microservices environment by
capturing all anomalies and directly assisting the operator during the
triage process. Thanks to its unique NoSample architecture, SignalFx
observes every transaction and identifies every anomaly via a complete
view of system behavior over time. Through features like Outlier
Analyzer, SignalFx applies powerful analytics that guide DevOps to the
root cause of issues in seconds.
•Built for DevOps velocity –
SignalFx is an API-driven solution, designed to be easily integrated
with the DevOps toolchain. Every aspect and functionality of the
platform can be controlled and programmed through code leveraging
well-defined APIs. This enables SRE teams to be more productive by
automating monitoring services through code.
shift to faster, more agile software delivery is requiring the adoption
of Monitoring and APM tools that provide real-time alerting, dashboards,
and automation for auto-remediation and auto-scaling.” Stephen Elliott,
Program Vice President, Management Software and DevOps, IDC
“Microservice-based applications are highly complex and dynamic, and
they generate large volumes of data. This renders traditional monitoring
approaches inadequate at best and dangerously oblivious at worst.”
Gartner, Advance Your Application Performance Monitoring Strategy to
Support Microservices, 6 March 2018
Availability and Pricing
SignalFx Microservices APM is now available for trial and purchase.
Pricing starts at $45 per host per month. Usage-based pricing options
are also available.