Automation-centric monitoring for cloud-scale infrastructure

I just published an ACG Research market impact report on the Juniper Networks’ AppFormix monitoring and automation solution for intent-driven cloud-scale infrastructure. The report examines the ramifications for data center operators of the highly dynamic, cloud-scale application deployment environments I described in the “3 D’s” of hybrid and multi-cloud application deployment.

Data center operators have access to a wealth of tools for application, infrastructure and network monitoring, provided by numerous vendors and open source initiatives. Yet the current generation of tools fall short in helping operators overcome the challenges of managing cloud-scale application deployment, which is characterized by massive scale, software-driven complexity and highly dynamic run-time environments in which workloads and resources fluctuate constantly. These operators need real-time, full stack monitoring that spans the entire environment:

They also need tools that can remove time-consuming manual workflows from the remedial action feedback loop. Infrastructure monitoring and analytics should feed actionable insights directly to the orchestration layer to automate the process of taking action in response to anomalies or changing conditions by reallocating resources or redistributing workloads. In other words, infrastructure monitoring needs to move from operator-centric to automation-centric.

Collecting and analyzing full stack monitoring data in real time is a Big Data problem, but Juniper Networks’ AppFormix takes an innovative approach to solving this problem that utilizes the distributed computing resources inherent in cloud-scale infrastructure to perform local machine learning on the metrics extracted from each node, significantly reducing the flow of data streamed to the central analytics engine and database.

Providers of infrastructure monitoring solution are busy incorporating machine learning and Big Data analytics into their products. However, in addition to its unique approach to Big Data analytics, what differentiates the Juniper Networks’ AppFormix solution is the integration of analytics-driven, policy-based control that continuously monitors key metrics against pre-defined SLAs and automatically triggers the orchestration layer to make the adjustments necessary to assure the operator’s business objectives.  The net result is automation-centric monitoring for intent-driven cloud-scale infrastructure.

For more information, watch the ACG Research Hot Seat video with Sumeet Singh, AppFormix founder and VP engineering, Juniper Networks.