Demands for Faster Releases Will Keep Dev+Ops Teams in the Pressure Cooker

Your Dev+Ops teams are facing a future built on applications and microservices. In fact, the most recent annual survey from Cloud Native Computing Foundation found that teams executing daily release cycles nearly doubled between 2018 to 2019—from 15% to 27%. At a macro level, the Dev+Ops market is projected to grow globally at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 18%. All indications point to accelerating growth in this area that translates into more new applications, more services and more updates, driving demands for ever-faster release cycles—without a sacrifice in quality or continuity of service.

Those challenges will become even more complex with the rise of remote work and its implications for collaboration. What will development and operations cadences look like in a world where daily standups, impromptu whiteboard huddles and other staples of the practice are done virtually or eliminated altogether? It’s time for a solution that helps your Dev+Ops teams collaborate and become ever more productive so they can be ready for what’s ahead—building better software, faster, while operating new services at speed and scale. High stakes for Dev+Ops

Meeting the future needs of application and service users demands faultless availability, guaranteed resilience and optimum performance. Anything less and business productivity will fall like a rock. And Dev+Ops will deal with the consequences. Dev+Ops’ future success will depend on being able to monitor, manage and optimize application performance—no matter how many release deadlines they will be up against.

Start by thinking like a software factory

Cloud, datacenter-based private cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud infrastructures will make building, deploying and evolving applications exponentially more complex. The same holds true for monitoring and optimizing applications and services, as well as managing infrastructure. That’s why Dev+Ops needs to evolve into modern, cloud-ready software factories. Start by automating tasks to free up technical teams so they can focus on innovations that help the company differentiate itself and achieve its objectives. And be sure to address application performance and observability as unique areas of focus.

Go Faster, Work Smarter

Instana: Easy automation and critical contextual information

Instana’s Application Performance Management (APM) solution and Observability platform eliminate the complexities of multi-cloud environments, automate multiple tasks and make monitoring applications, services and user requests easy and highly actionable.

Instana has your entire application stack covered from top to bottom
Instana uses a single lightweight agent that continuously discovers all components and senses and monitors each technology. With sensors automatically collecting configuration, changes, metrics and events, there’s no need for human intervention. With Instana, the metrics from every component across your full stack—including all server and application components—are collected in high fidelity with one-second data granularity. That means no matter how many changes are ahead, your Dev+Ops teams can keep tabs on what’s happening in your stack.

Instana also features Dynamic Graph modeling, enhancing traces with information about the underlying service, application and system infrastructure so you can get a better understanding of how your system of services works together. You’ll also be able to see how component failure may impact your systems as you push new releases and patches out the door faster and faster. That helps you prevent problems before they happen.

Automate tracing: Know how you’re doing?
Instana AutoTrace™ uses Instana’s automatically deployed agents and sensors to give you zero-effort, next-generation distributed tracing and service discovery. Every request is traced across each microservice, automatically capturing response time and context. That means no sampling and no partial traces. By collecting and analyzing information about the performance and health of your services, and gathering relationship data for every request, such as service dependencies, Instana AutoTrace gives you complete, instant monitoring. And you don’t need to manually configure key performance indicators (KPIs) or alerting rules. The distributed traces generated by Instana AutoTrace quickly and easily recognize a request’s flow through multiple systems, helping you resolve any service incidents fast. That will save a ton of time that can be devoted to development and innovation.

Simple dashboards, anywhere access
Instana dashboards give your teams anywhere access. They can view a detailed visual representation of all upstream and downstream service dependencies, stack traces per service, request timings and more without tedious manual configuration.

Instana Application Perspectives lets your teams logically group any application components, services and transaction requests for analysis, visualization and alerting, employing an easy-to-use user-interface (UI) configuration tool. With Instana’s simple, visual dashboard, your teams have all the information they need to quickly act, analyze and optimize applications and all related services and infrastructure at their fingertips—in real time.

Instana displays every log, “warning” (or higher) message and error in context. And every performance outlier can be quickly identified, as well as the factors contributing to its poor performance. These same visual representations also let you discover new optimization opportunities using filter-driven analytics across the complete dataset. Ultimately, Instana takes much of the complexity out of application development, deployment and optimization in our multi-cloud world of the future.

Google Cloud Platform: Paving the way for faster, smoother releases
Instana was born as a cloud-focused solution. As a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partner, we work closely with Google to help our customers prepare for a future where demands for faster development and deployment cycles will continue to pressure Dev+Ops teams.

That’s where GCP’s Google Kubernetes Engine comes in. Google Kubernetes Engine lets Dev+Ops teams securely accelerate development of a wide variety of apps with support for stateful, serverless and application generators. GCP streamlines operations with fast, regular and stable release channels that fit specific business needs. GCP also features Anthos, a modern application development management platform that gives you a consistent development and operations experience for Google Cloud or on-premises.

Instana: Your full stack observability and APM partner
The Instana team brings deep experience and expertise with development, deployment and integration using Google Kubernetes Engine and Anthos. We are here to help you prepare for a future that will continue to explode with new applications and services and demands for faster and faster releases.

Ready to learn how you can be ready to overcome the complexities coming your way and still get the application performance you need for a multi-cloud world? Sign up for a free trial today.


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