One didn't have to walk for a very long time through the exhibition floor at the Amazon AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas to notice that there were quite a few competitors trying to carve out a name for themselves in the application monitoring space. Of course, app monitoring isn't a new science, but the movement by many organizations to the cloud has brought the task to the forefront, making it a priority and not an afterthought, as it was when applications were hosted locally and in-house.
It's all driven by the move from on-premises to cloud-based software deployment.
Fred van den Bosch, co-founder and CEO, Librato
"It's all driven by the move from on-premises to cloud-based software deployment," said Fred van den Bosch, co-founder and CEO of Software as a Service company Librato Inc., as he talks about the new reality where app monitoring must be taken much more seriously.
But according to van den Bosch, it's not just the cloud alone that is driving the need for a new approach to application monitoring, but it's also the way modern, Agile development teams embrace a model of continuous integration and continuous deployment. The drawback to continuous deployment is the fact that any individual update might trigger a bug or problem at runtime. In this new Agile and DevOps type of environment, "you need a lot more instrumentation to make sure your software is healthy," van den Bosch said. "If anything unusual happens to your software, you must be able to quickly find the root cause of the problem so you can address it."
For more insights on how organizations can most effectively monitor cloud-based applications, along with a few hints on what enterprise software developers should be doing differently when their applications are being targeted toward the cloud, listen to the full interview with Librato's Fred van den Bosch.