Lack of Data vs. Data Overload…a multicloud operator’s dilemma
May 8, 2018
Operating a multicloud environment is complex. As an operator, you have to deal with many individual cloud components and resources that need to be carefully architected and monitored on a daily basis for smooth operations. To do so, you need the right set of data and metrics that pinpoint to the operational state of these resources. In today's multicloud world, the issue is not just about the amount of data you have, but rather the lack of meaningful actions that you can take with that information.
When disruptions happen, they occur frequently in multicloud environments built on various combinations of private and/or public cloud-based data centers. Regardless of the severity of those disruptions, operators must resolve them before they pose a threat to the business. Operators, constantly pressed for time, are accustomed to performing under pressure. However, equipping them with tools that can monitor, detect and remediate them of issues in real-time would make them much more efficient when dealing with these disruptions.
The need for visibility in the multicloud
To solve these issues, Juniper Networks has announced an enhancement to its orchestration and advanced analytics solutions, dramatically improving management of any cloud and any workload across multivendor environments. These enhancements are paving the way for companies transitioning to multicloud, providing a simple path to a secure and automated future. The journey begins with end-to-end visibility.
Juniper’s AppFormix, a key component of Juniper’s Contrail Enterprise Multicloud solution, provides end-to-end visibility into network operations to make your operations simpler and more effective. AppFormix helps you visualize and analyze physical, virtual and cloud environments by transforming raw data from a diverse set of resources into immediately usable insight. Some of the key benefits of Juniper’s AppFormix for enterprises include:
Advanced Reporting and Chargeback Capabilities
Most cloud consumers typically fall into one of two groups: consistent or on-demand. A consistent user is one who uses cloud resources for longer periods of time (usually months or years), with predictable consumption patterns, making usage easy to track for budgeting and resource allocation purposes. Conversely, on-demand users utilize cloud resources sporadically, for shorter periods of time (usually hours or days), making usage harder to plan or budget for. In the end, however, clouds must be able to accommodate both types of users.
To gain better control over OpEx in the cloud, business units need a tool that can monitor and plan for resource allocation and usage without negatively affecting their budget. Juniper’s AppFormix features built-in showback, chargeback and cost optimization capabilities which provide a complete picture of how multicloud resources are being used, including compute, network, storage and infrastructure. Allowing the user to see everything from an aggregated report that shows all usage, to granular reports detailing how individual resources are being consumed over a specified period of time.
With the chargeback features, customized reports can be created to determine how resource usage should be billed - to the project itself or to individual departments. AppFormix generates a detailed invoice for the selected time periods and can be used by departments to get a chargeback on the resources that are not used or actively terminated—particularly useful where budgets are tight and transparency is required.
Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (IPM)
Unlike many traditional monitoring systems, Juniper’s AppFormix excels at extending the monitoring from cloud-native workloads, like containers and public cloud environments, to traditional virtual machines and legacy bare metal servers. In addition to compute and storage monitoring and analysis, AppFormix supports infrastructure monitoring for network devices that support streaming telemetry, such as OpenConfig, Junos Telemetry Interface (JTI), or even traditional monitoring protocols like SNMP. AppFormix seamlessly collects and analyzes this telemetry data in real-time providing actionable insights to the operators.
Over time, Juniper’s AppFormix can automatically learn the network and device performance profiles, detects faults and facilitate preventative remediation in real-time at scale.
By monitoring both hardware and virtual endpoints, AppFormix offers a single platform you can rely on to monitor, analyze and automate all your multicloud resources.
Closed Loop Automation
Juniper’s AppFormix addresses the real-time streaming analytics challenge by implementing “Smart Agents,” each with a built-in distributed analytics engine. These analytics engines perform on-the-fly analysis of inline metrics as they are collected or streamed from their respective monitored devices or virtual endpoints to directly generate events and alerts. Based on the event and alert type generated, users can program AppFormix to take remedial actions, like moving the workloads or killing rouge processes or creating a 360-degree feedback loop. This eliminates the need for users to act on routine or common alerts and instead send out notifications after the remedial action is taken, ensuring that your multi-cloud enviroment operates just the way you “intend” it to.
Juniper’s AppFormix not only offers network device monitoring, but also end-to-end multicloud infrastructure and application monitoring. This functionality gives you the ability to retrieve real-time monitoring and analytics of DevOps and cloud-native environments which support a mix of high-performance bare-metal systems in private cloud, virtual machines in VMware, OpenStack and containers inKubernetes environments. AppFormix also monitors and analyzes applications running in public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
The Path to Multicloud Begins with...
Enterprises must realize that this path to multicloud is not feasible without visibility. It is like walking into a dark room: while you may be able to take a few steps without bumping into anything, you will eventually hit a wall. Similarly, the need for visibility in the multicloud is essential if you want it to operate at optimal performance. Juniper’s AppFormix is where you begin.