DevOps monitoring is an inseparable part of DevOps. Businesses implement DevOps to become more agile, shorten the development cycle, automate processes, and deliver products faster. To measure the actual benefit, ensure visibility, and keep everything on the line, businesses need to implement DevOps monitoring processes.
In monitoring performance, four areas are most important: saturation, traffic, errors, and latency. But how to monitor them? In this blog, you can learn what metrics are, four golden signals, and what types of information you need to monitor.
Important Metrics to DevOps
The monitoring system provides some primary outputs. The output of this raw or contextual measurement is called metrics. Developers use these metrics to assess overall performance, predict capacity demand, and optimize the processes. Metrics are also helpful in visualizing the systems and processes. Does your team need to track gauge team productivity, measure quality, or evaluate tasks? Using DevOps metrics is the best solution.
Four Golden Signals of DevOps Monitoring Model
Four Golden Signals of DevOps are the primary issues that the DevOps team always needs to monitor. These four issues are:
1. Latency: Keep monitoring how long each process takes to succeed.
2. Traffic: The changing demand of software, server, numbers of requests, and network.
3. Errors: Process or request failure is acceptable for a certain limit. To control the continuous monitoring process and policy failure and timeouts.
4. Saturation: Monitor the amount of available capacity and identify bottlenecks.
Now let’s have a look at the information that teams must track.
What are the Information Businesses Need to Track?
Here are top metrics to monitor:
Want to learn about the performance, load, and health of the application? Application metrics provide all this information. Dependency, functionality, and connectivity vary from application to application. So application metrics provide comprehensive information about services and processes and their reliability on the host.
External Dependency Metrics
Need data about availability issues related to third-party services? External dependency metrics provide information about external payment processing, operational costs, availability, performance success or failure rate, etc.
Network and Connectivity Metrics
Need information about internal and external networks? Network connectivity metrics provide information about bandwidth use, latency, packet loss, accessibility, failure rates, etc.
Want to learn about the performance of individual machines? Host-based metrics provide information about machines and environments like memory, processes, CPU, etc.
A monitoring system for the DevOps model is a must. DevOps team can configure monitoring considering available resources, metric utility, and deployment process.