Gartner September Analyst Briefing

Gartner September Analyst Briefing

Gartner September Analyst Briefing is behind us. πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘Œ

September started the way we like it best – with meetings. We appreciate Gartner’s events for the relaxed atmosphere, interesting panels and networking, and Ewa Szymczak appreciates delicious breakfasts as well πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

We also had the unique opportunity to have a 1:1 conversation with a Gartner analyst, who expanded our perspective on observability and the direction of our future path.

Thank you Martin Caren for this opportunity.

The future of IT looks truly heavenly πŸ™‚ because, as it resounded at the meeting, “Cloud is no longer a product, but a lifestyle” and in the next few years digital transformation will go full steam ahead. ☁ ☁ πŸ‘

MultiCloud, Observability, OpenTelemetry, applications – that’s what we’ll be focusing our attention on.

At Indevops, we are always on top of the latest trends and share them with our customers. We direct our attention to the most interesting solutions, which we are faithful to.

Monitoring and automation are becoming even more important and the sooner we realize this, the better.

Business does not like stagnation, so we keep moving forward. 😊 πŸ’ͺ

There are more September πŸ‚ πŸ‚ meetings ahead. Feel free to follow our Linkedin.

Meanwhile, see how the Gartner September Analyst Briefing looked like through my lens. 😊

Special thanks for the invitation to the invaluable Barbara Brandon. 😊

Until next time. 😊

Why deploy OS agents in VMware Aria Operations?

Why deploy OS agents in VMware Aria Operations?

In the technologies that we implement at INDEVOPS , my colleagues are experts.

Conversation with them is always a solid portion of knowledge, sprinkled with a decent dose of good humor.

Provided that the equipment does not play tricks on us during the recording of the material. 😊😊 Unfortunately, it did.

Well, now let’s have a test from what I remember – as befits the beginning of the school year. 😊

The topic of my assignment. Why is it a good idea to implement OS agents in VMware Aria Operations?

The starting point was my understanding of what an OS or operating system is which Marcin Rzepa explained to me swiftly in a very illustrative way:

  • Windows, which I have installed, is my OS
  • the remote desktop I run on is also my OS
  • the difference between one and the other is that the laptop is the physical infrastructure (I can touch it, move it) while the desktop is my program, where I access and it is my virtualized laptop.

Here we come to another concept: virtualization. Well, virtualization, to put it simply, is to install, for example, multiple Windows on a single server, that is, such a much more powerful laptop.

Readers know more about virtualization than I do, so I won’t elaborate on that πŸ™‚

Well, but what’s the deal with those Agents?

In VMware Aria Operations we have 2 types of agents. For metrics there is the Telegraph agent. For logs there is the Fluentd agent or the native Aria Operetions for Logs agent. The agents allow you to collect metrics and logs, not only from the operating system itself, (because these metrics can be collected by Aria through VMTools – an agent that is built into the vSphere platform that virtualizes OSes) but specifically from the applications installed in it. This provides an easy way to look deeply into our application, and thus we can more easily and quickly detect undesirable situations and errors in it. And since it’s faster, we save time and therefore, money.

This begs the question of why is it easier to troubleshoot by adding an agent to the OS?

On the one hand, VMware Aria Operations monitors and collects information from the physical infrastructure and virtualization software remotely through plug-ins (management packs and content packs), and on the other hand, we can get additional metrics (indicators) of application performance on that system (thanks to the agent). Meaning to monitor performance (metrics) as well as errors (logs), or even its behavior itself (logs). Behavior, because applications generate logs, you can increase the levels of accuracy of the logs in the application, and the agent captures all this and sends it to VMware Aria Operations, where it is parsed and you can build your own analysis and tracking methods out of this. On top of that, in turn, you can impose appropriate conditions and alarms that are triggered, or just tracked.

In addition, VMware Aria Operations can automatically build relationships between monitored objects. As we have an agent (Telegraf) such a relationship is also built to the OS on which it is installed. Moreover, if the agent detects application components, it also represents them in Aria. Then the operator has a visualized picture of the application’s architecture in graphical form, i.e. exactly what components the application is built of and can trace the entire path of its dependencies on the other components: databases, virtualization and physical layer. Such visualization is particularly useful when . On the one hand, when the infrastructure fails, we can see if and which applications are affected. On the other hand, when an application has a problem, we can see if and what infrastructure component can affect it.

Example of built relationships between objects

So it’s easier, because see the bigger picture. Data from all plugged-in elements “flows down” into one place. We have visibility into metrics and logs from the entire IT stack.

So what does the full IT picture look like?

By default, Aria has a number of built-in views or dashboards prepared for different types of objects and for different audiences, such as a dashboard that shows in graphical form all virtual machines depending on their CPU load, or a dashboard view of databases across the entire environment (our customer has 500 instances and sees them all on one dashboard).

Additionally, you can create custom dashboards in VMware Aria Operations. This may not be anything extraordinary nowadays, but the extraoridinary seems to us that we at Indevops specialize in listening to our Customers πŸ™‚ and making their dreams come true πŸ™‚

Thus, we have plenty of dashboards which we deliver during our implementations and which allow to look more conveniently and extensively at the monitorised world – from agents to infrastructure.

Example of an application dashboard

I hope I was able to capture and illustrate the topic well πŸ™‚.

If you have any questions, let me know. Our team is ready to meet your needs.

Questionnaire: Aria Operations, a’ka vROPS and Telegraph and EPOPS, help?

Questionnaire: Aria Operations, a’ka vROPS and Telegraph and EPOPS, help?

Are you also annoyed by the Telegraph agent in Aria Operations? A somewhat provocative question, but one worth asking yourself.

However, if you don’t know how to approach the topic, read Marcin Rzepa’s article.

Get inspired and fill out our questionnaire 😊

Surprise questionnaire πŸ˜‰ “Aria Operations, a’ka vROPS and Telegraph and EPOPS, help?” we made for you.

It will take you about 2 minutes to fill out the questionnaire.


The surprise will go to the person who writes the most interesting justification to the question:

“Why would you like/dislike to migrate EP-OPS agents to Telegraf?”. We are counting on your comprehensive explanation”.

Fill out the questionnaire, and we will take care of the rest 😊

Simple? 😊

Write to us if you have questions 😊

Cucumber season

Cucumber season

Cucumber season πŸ₯’ πŸ₯’ 😊 in full swing.
Vacation, rest, relaxation and travel. That’s what I want to think about right now, but work won’t do itself, and even though the time seems to be summer and light, it’s hot and happening a lot at our place. πŸ’ͺ Before the vacations, I wanted to publish you something that hasn’t been in INDEVOPS yet. A real treat, inspired by our favorite text this year by Marcin Rzepa:
Reality, however, showed me that it’s not the time for this publication, but I’m not letting go and the surprise will be soon πŸ‘€ πŸ‘Œ 😊
I leave you in this vacation malaise and wish you nice vacation experiences and cool memories.
If you want to write me about them, go ahead 😊 πŸ˜‰

Self-discipline of teams, or how to get rid of ego and collaborate effectively. How we do it at Indevops

Self-discipline of teams, or how to get rid of ego and collaborate effectively. How we do it at Indevops

Maintaining established order in teams that have no “bosses” or no one to manage them, in the so-called traditional model, requires a great deal of self-responsibility, maturity, drive and willingness from everyone on such a team. This is not always easy, especially when our egos dominate and we think we are infallible, the best and in general “the best.”

Of course, thinking well of ourselves is very important, because it is our thoughts that create reality, however, a highly developed ego can mess up teamwork a lot, so in a joint initiative we take extra care of self-discipline, because without it we would not move forward.

πŸ”‘ How do we do it?

By very simple methods.
πŸ“ First, we listen to what each of us has to say, and as you know we meet often.
πŸ“ We are not late for meetings, and if something falls out for someone, the information is given well in advance.
πŸ“ We prepare for daily, planning or review, so we don’t waste time thinking about what to say.
πŸ“ We respect each other, keep an eye on meeting times and topics that are discussed.Of course, we have a moment for so-called loose topics, but once the main scope is discussed.
πŸ“ We communicate effectively in notes and read them with understanding.
All with great respect for the other person. Each of us knows well that the effective circulation of information depends on proving our goals.We are a close-knit team that cares about mutual success, and self-discipline helps us achieve it.

I myself believe that honesty and openness of communication is our greatest asset (right after self-discipline) 😊. No one has to watch or rush anyone, because through frequent interaction we know what stage of the task our teammate is at. This allows us to synchronize all elements of the project in a very fast way, so that they are done on time πŸ••.

As colleagues in a competence organization, we pay a lot of attention to this.
Besides, we are young passionate and energetic people who want to co-create a cool company 😊.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t face difficult situations in our daily cooperation, but thanks to everyone’s commitment and discipline we effectively work on solutions. Personally, I don’t like the word “difficult.” For me it is always a challenging day 😊 πŸ’ͺ.

Sound serious?
Believe it or not, but it’s not like that at all πŸ˜‰Let us know how it looks like for you πŸ™‚ ✍