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Exploring the Rocana Ops Integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry

    
April 4, 2017 Author: Eric Sammer

Pivotal Cloud Foundry is one of a few exciting next-gen platforms for building and deploying modern, well-behaved, dynamic applications and systems today. Developers like Cloud Foundry because they can build applications that are self-contained, modular, and automatically inherit operational features that are complex and repetitive to build. Ops teams like that there’s a single way to deploy, monitor, scale, and isolate applications from one another.

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Pivotal Cloud Foundry is deeply instrumented, exposing reams of logs, metrics, and other events available at various levels, from the infrastructure to the applications running on top.

With all of its moving parts, Cloud Foundry can be operationally overwhelming. In addition to its own services, hosting hundreds and thousands of dynamic applications on shared infrastructure can make it difficult to understand the health of a service or the cause of a particular issue. Data about hardware, operating systems, network devices and flows, and related legacy systems are required during troubleshooting or incident response.

To get the most out of Cloud Foundry, you need unified monitoring for the entire IaaS/PaaS/SaaS stack as well as any ancillary services like the network and peripheral databases for persistent storage. This is to ensure you have the insight to know where to make improvements, and to make sure you don't unnecessarily add or delay your development or maintenance processes.

That’s why we’re happy to announce Rocana Ops 2.0 now includes first class support for capturing all of this data out of the box, removing the need for complex integration and parsing.

With all new Cloud Foundry support in Rocana Ops 2.0, it’s easy to make sense of all of this data. Rocana’s Cloud Foundry support integrates directly with the Cloud Foundry Firehose and metric services, capturing, processing, visualizing, and analyzing this data in real time. The Rocana Agent can capture data from all sources external to the SaaS/PaaS layers including OpenStack or other IaaS components, NetFlow, and Oracle or other databases.

Only Rocana Ops 2.0 can support the richness, scale, and complexity of a next-gen platform like Cloud Foundry. While monitoring approaches for Cloud Foundry and/or Cloud Foundry apps have been developed, none has been able to monitor the IaaS stack and any external services to enable the data from all those various sources to be correlated into a single set of views – until now.

By capturing SaaS/PaaS/IaaS stack information with Rocana Ops, you can now view in near real-time any application or infrastructure logs or metrics and display that information in a graphical format, while easily and visually correlating event information across all components in the stack. Even further, you can search and filter all new and historical event information as needed to perform root cause analysis.

Combined with built-in anomaly detection and visualizations optimized for root cause analysis, Rocana Ops gives DevOps the total IT operational visibility they need to get the most out of Cloud Foundry.

Ready to see it in action? Watch the video at left for a demonstration of how to identify an error condition in Pivotal Cloud Foundry, visualize the issue within Rocana Ops' First Responder interface, and trigger an action in ServiceNow.

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