Enterprise IT and businesses are recognizing that their technology architecture is their business architecture – they need integrated context visibility across their business architecture to drive business value. As enterprises adopt multi-cloud strategies and cloud-native application architectures built on containers, Kubernetes, and microservices, they continue to manage traditional application estates and an expanding array of infrastructure and endpoint devices.
An integrated data driven, and API first observability platform could bring seamless visibility and insights to drive contextual proactive, preventive, and prescriptive actions deciphering a very complex distributed application architecture in multi-cloud operations. Moreover, the rise in technology and business model innovation and the need to deliver high-performing applications and positive digital experiences requires the ability to understand end-to-end core-to-client services capabilities and quality.
Key Challenges faced by IT Operations teams
IT Operations teams are often dealing with disparate tools and silos that come in the way of them managing multi-clouds effectively. Without an easy way to correlate infrastructure issues with container and native public cloud environments, it becomes very difficult to quickly deduce which layer to investigate when problems arise. And this leads to long lead times and war rooms, finger pointing, and delayed mean-time-to-resolution. Without a clear overall understanding of the application and infrastructure layer, IT teams are also unable to plan infrastructure capacity.
VMware Aria Operations Management Pack
VMware Aria Operations automates and streamlines IT management with full-stack visibility across private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments with a unified, high-performance platform. As part of the management pack v 1.0.0, Aria Operations is enhancing its multi-cloud capabilities by integrating with VMware Aria Operations for Applications (a multi-cloud observability solution) to allow IT teams to gain contextualized visibility across their infrastructure, Kubernetes environments and application components delivering tremendous business value.
The bi-directional integration eliminates the need for disparate tools required to manage multi-clouds effectively and provides a holistic platform view enabling faster troubleshooting and reducing mean-time-to-resolution. This joint solution is ideal for customers that manage both native public clouds and Kubernetes platform environments. For example: TKG on vSphere, standalone EKS, or TKG running on AWS. The solution provides a simple way for users of VMware Aria Operations to correlate and understand the behavior of infrastructure, application components, and container issues. Some key benefits include reduced time-to-value via out-of-the-box dashboards and alerting for native public cloud and Kubernetes environments.
The management pack for VMware Aria Operations allows users to:
- Visualize the relationship between applications and the Kubernetes platform with cloud infrastructure to get a holistic view of application and infrastructure topology.
- Identify issues across the application and infrastructure layer to understand the problems related to application performance concerning Infrastructure
- Troubleshoot Kubernetes based applications through the entire stack – from the infrastructure through the application to quickly address issues and reduce MTTR
A full-stack view of the application and infrastructure layer allows IT teams to provide best-in-class multi-cloud services for both private and public clouds and maintain security posture while meeting SLAs. The joint solution also helps reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies.