Zenoss Expands AI-Driven Monitoring for Kubernetes, Containers for More Visibility, Faster Resolution

Zenoss is bringing more AI-driven monitoring power to cloud-native and Kubernetes projects. IDN looks at how Zenoss’s Kubernetes Monitoring ZenPack cuts complexity and speeds problem resolution.

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Zenoss Inc., a leading provider of AI-driven monitoring, is expanding its monitoring for Kubernetes. The updates come largely thanks to Zenoss’ ability to amass contexture data and put it through the company’s long-standing AIOps capabilities, according to company execs. 


The Kubernetes Monitoring ZenPack monitors Kubernetes (K8s) clusters in public cloud and locally hosted environments. It uses role-based access control (RBAC) authentication to access all data related to modeling and monitoring.


"Cloud-native environments create new challenges for monitoring highly distributed applications due to the unprecedented complexity and scale," said Ani Gujrathi, chief technical officer for Zenoss. “The solution requires modernizing the approach to monitoring, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”


Zenoss offers full-stack monitoring and AIOps services for public and private clouds, as well as all on-premise IT systems. Zenoss Cloud is the company’s AI-driven full-stack monitoring technology that streams all machine data, allowing the emergence of context for preventing service failures in complex, modern IT systems, including Kubernetes-based environments.


Zenoss Cloud makes use of machine learning and real-time analytics to enable enterprises to scale and adapt to changing needs, Gujrathi added.


Zenoss Kubernetes Monitoring ZenPack now provides:

  • Overall cluster health monitoring
  • Health monitoring for nodes, services and pods
  • Dashboards for Kubernetes clusters, nodes, pods and containers
  • Service impact and root-cause analysis
  • Monitoring of StatefulSet component, enhancing management of stateful applications
  • Enhanced filtering for pods and containers
  • Enhanced templates for clusters, containers and nodes
  • Enhanced dynamic modeling of pods and containers
  • Enhanced visibility for controlling cloud expenses

Inside Top Benefits of Zenoss Kubernetes Monitoring ZenPack

Zenoss officials site several key customer benefits from their latest Kubernetes Monitoring ZenPack release.  These benefits accrue across DevOps roles, including:


Monitor Health of Kubernetes Clusters
Enables enterprises to monitor the health, status and performance of Kubernetes deployments. Zenoss can dynamically map out the relationships between critical components of Kubernetes clusters so customers can instantaneously pinpoint issues when they occur and identify additional affected components and services.


This lets users avoid and pre-empt problems with:

  • Overall cluster performance monitoring
  • Relationship mapping and health monitoring for Kubernetes nodes, services and pods
  • Ability to collect and corelates performance metrics for Kubernetes clusters, nodes, pods and containers

Service Impact and Root-Cause Analysis
Adds built-in service impact and root-cause analysis capabilities. The service impact relationships are automatically added and maintained, which will be included in any services that contain one or more of the explicitly mentioned components.


This lets companies easily monitor key cloud-naïve components, including Kubernetes and Docker containers, microservices and more.  The Zenoss architecture further lets IT seamlessly discover and monitor containers and microservices in real time along with your traditional IT infrastructure.


The supports Kubernetes containers and/or Linux devices associated with a Kubernetes node.


Kubernetes Monitoring for Multicloud Environments
For further value, Zenoss also integrates the monitoring of multicloud environments by leveraging Kubernetes technology with any flavor of IT infrastructure - no matter where that infrastructure is located or how it is hosted.


In specific, Kubernetes ZenPack integrates with cloud-based Kubernetes clusters. This provides upport for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).


This integration provides deeper monitoring by collecting application metrics and mapping service dependencies. It also lets users quickly see what services and resources are impacted, as well as perform root-cause analysis quickly.


Zenoss first introduced Kubernetes monitoring and analytics features in 2018, and has since continued to enhance those capabilities to become a top monitoring platform for container-based environments.


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