Sumo Logic Improves Observability Suite for Applications and Infrastructure Performance


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As businesses grapple with a rapidly evolving IT infrastructure fueled and made even more complex by the cloud migration that accelerated during the pandemic, data analytics company Sumo Logic is offering a new set of ” telemetry infrastructure observability and data analysis tools designed to ensure maximum availability and fluidity of the business. performance of software applications.

New DevSecOps-oriented tools – announced at company conference Enlighten virtual conferencing – are part of Sumo Logic’s continuous intelligence platform and are designed to provide real-time, deeper insight into critical business applications and infrastructure.

Observability is a relatively new term in IT, used to refer to the task of monitoring business applications, data flows, and distributed infrastructure. Systems that provide observability go beyond previous Application Performance Monitoring (APM) programs, providing a high-level overview of IT infrastructure as well as granular metrics, to enable efficient application management. , network, data and security.

According to a recent report released by APM New Relic, more than 94% of 1,300 respondents from companies in 16 countries said observability, sometimes referred to as O11y, is critical to their role being successful. Additionally, over 80% of senior executives surveyed said they plan to increase their observability budget.

New Relic also reports that over 91% of IT decision makers who participated in the survey see observability as critical at every stage of the software lifecycle, with particularly high importance for planning and operations.

Advanced analytics boost business uptime

As part of its new set of offerings, Sumo Logic has released a new tool called Advanced Analytics for Comprehensive Alert Response, designed to automate the process of troubleshooting and troubleshooting.

Unlike the previous practice of manually identifying problems and then fixing them, the new tool uses machine learning to analyze data from all incoming data points to ensure that so-called observers (IT staff responsible for monitoring) ‘observability) know exactly where an application or network is located. the problem lies.

This allows the company to take corrective action while saving time, delivering the best digital experiences for customers and ensuring the availability of critical business applications, said Erez Barak, vice president of product development at Sumo Logic. .

Sensu adds information on all cloud platforms

Sumo Logic, which acquired code monitoring software vendor Sensu in June, also adds Sensu Go’s ability to deliver real-time insight from unstructured data for troubleshooting, performance improvement and security. IT infrastructure.

“With the addition of Sensu Go, organizations now have access to native monitoring capabilities as code to help fill gaps in their observability pipeline and accelerate troubleshooting, diagnosis and self-repair of the system. bare-metal to Kubernetes, ”Barak said.

The addition of Sensu provides the Sumo Logic platform with the observability of multi-cloud environments, including AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, said Andy Thurai, vice president and senior analyst at Constellation Research.

“When you combine the addition of monitoring as code, it is easier for developers to easily implement security, monitoring, and observability in any production application. Integration with configuration management tools such as Chef, Terraform, etc. also makes it an attractive option for Site Reliability Engineers (SRE), ”Thurai said.

In addition to Sensu Go, the company launched Sensu Plus, a new service that can produce information from a company’s data pipeline.

Observability across heterogeneous data sets

Other Sumo Logic announcements this week include the beta launch of Sumo Logic OpenTelemetry Distro and Ecosystem Support, aimed at businesses working with heterogeneous datasets, which is now typical of most large enterprises. Open Telemetry Distro is an agent-based collector that provides users with a single agent to collect all of their critical telemetry data, including logs, metrics, and traces.

The company added that it will support AWS OpenTelemetry Distro to help collect observability signals, with the goal of making it even easier to run workloads on AWS, and will also support Red Hat OpenShift Operator. via Red Hat Marketplace.

Adding OpenTelemetry Distro is a good step, because the observability of large-scale infrastructure and cloud-native applications is more complex than managing private data center operations, Thurai said.

“As developers and DevOps teams like to include open source, cloud-native, and highly scalable tools like Prometheus, any large digital business should consider integrating OpenTelemetry,” said Thurai.

“SumoLogic’s adoption of the AWS OpenTelemetry distribution is a good first step. When you combine this with Redhat’s adoption of OpenShift, it can also help companies that are still exploring hybrid or multi-cloud options. “

On the security front, Sumo Logic has added several updates including out-of-the-box XDR (open extended detection and response) for workloads that run on servers, virtual machines (VMs) , containers and serverless functions in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

As part of the updates and to support more robust observability, Sumo Logic said it is releasing 38 out-of-the-box integrations for databases, data formats and DevOps tools. Supported tools and databases include: Cassandra, Kafka, Azure WebApp, Windows JSON, Tomcat, MS SQL Server, MongoDB, Apache, PostgreSQL, Nginx, Nginx Ingress, MySQL, Kubernetes, Azure Event Hub Collection, and AWS CloudTrail DevOps .

As companies’ interest in observability grows, according to the New Relic report, the survey results also suggest that it may be some time before observability tools are widely deployed.

The survey found that only half of the organizations surveyed are in the process of implementing observability, and that respondents list lack of resources (38 percent), skills (29 percent), understanding of benefits (27 percent) and strategy (26%) as the main obstacles to successful implementation.

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