IBM_Bluemix_w-01 IBM BlueMix Monitoring

IBM Cloud BlueMix Monitoring and Performance Management

The IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service , previously known as IBM BlueMix Container Service, is a hosted Kubernetes cluster provided by IBM. BlueMix monitoring is an important part of a comprehensive application performance management solution for orchestrated containerized applications running on IBM Cloud.

To help DevOps optimize application performance and further automate performance management workflows, Instana’s automatic IBM BlueMix Monitoring goes beyond the simple metrics and provides features like:

  • Discovery of IBM Cloud Kubernetes nodes and deployed services
  • Automatic code instrumentation and tracing for Java, Node, .NET and 7 other languages
  • Visualization of service dependency maps
  • End-to-end tracing of 100% of requests across all systems and services
  • Cluster, Kubernetes, application and service health monitoring

Comprehensive monitoring of the IBM Cloud BlueMix Kubernetes Service infrastructure requires performance visibility for the virtual host, running pods, containers and orchestration, and any applications and services deployed on the cluster.

Instana is the quickest and easiest way to monitor your IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service across the stack to deliver comprehensive application insights. The Instana agent automatically discovers all Kubernetes instances, deployed service technologies, deploys the necessary monitoring sensors and begins tracing applications and requests. Instana also automatically determines the health of the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service cluster.

Instana View For Extensive Kubernetes Cluster

Monitoring BlueMix (IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service) Performance

Once deployed, the Instana Agent automatically identifies all running Kubernetes nodes – then automatically deploys and configures Instana’s Kubernetes Monitoring sensor. Instana’s curated knowledge base already knows what performance metrics are relevant for collection and how to collect them. To monitor the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service cluster health, additional metrics are also collected. Since Instana’s automatic configuration collects all relevant information, monitoring an hosted Kubernetes cluster couldn’t be easier.

To determine overall service health, the Instana BlueMix Monitoring sensors also collect KPIs on the monitored IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service cluster environment to determine its health status.

With the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and health signatures from the curated knowledge base, Instana automatically detects issues inside the Kubernetes cluster and service incidents. Based on severity, Instana automates incident escalation and root cause identification, helping you solve issues before users are impacted.

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service Configuration Monitoring

In addition to performance and health data, Instana’s Kubernetes Monitoring sensor also collects configuration data for Kubernetes, pods and containers, allowing Instana to analyze and correlate configuration data and changes with application and service performance information.

All IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service performance and configuration information is summarized in a single BlueMix Monitoring Dashboard, showing all relevant information in a single place for easy problem-solving and performance optimization.

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service performance monitoring centers around service metrics and their interactions with other services or data stores. Instana automatically identifies and collects the relevant service metrics.

IBM Cloud BlueMix Monitoring Data

The IBM BlueMix Monitoring metrics includes four types of data; Cluster Data, Deployment Information, Pod Measurements, Node Measurements:

Cluster Data Node Measurements
KPIs KPIs
Node Count Pod Allocation
Pod Allocation Pod Capacity
CPU Request Allocation CPU Request Allocation
CPU Limit Allocation CPU Limit Allocation
Memory Request Allocation Memory Request Allocation
Memory Limit Allocation Memory Limit Allocation
CPU Resources CPU Resources
CPU Requests CPU Requests
CPU Limits CPU Limits
CPU Capacity CPU Capacity
Memory Resources Memory Resources
Memory Requests Memory Requests
Memory Limits Memory Limits
Memory Capacity Memory Capacity
Pods (running / allocated / pending) Conditions
Pods Capacity Labels
Replicas (available / desired) Pod list
Node list with KPIs   
Deployment list with KPIs   
Component Status   
     
Deployment Information Pod Measurements
Conditions KPIs
Labels Phase
CPU Resources Restarts
CPU Requests CPU Requests
CPU Limits CPU Limits
Memory Resources Memory Requests
Memory Requests Memory Limits
Memory Limits Conditions
Pods (available / desired) Labels
Pods (pending / ready / unscheduled / unready) Container List (state / restarts)
Pending Phase Duration   

Further information on the different sensor information is available in the Instana IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service Management Documentation .

Instana Kubernetes Dashboard

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