Monitoring is no longer just for ops teams.

Until recently, monitoring was exclusive to the IT operations department who was responsible for maintaining the hardware and networking equipment to run a companies’ entire suite of software. But nowadays, changes in deployment frequency, architecture, and cloud hosting has shifted that responsibility.

Monitoring has become essential for all developers to gain observability into their codebase. It’s important be aware of the monitoring systems your DevOps team uses, but the monitoring world is huge, and it can be hard to know where to start. This post is aimed at giving you an overview of the monitoring available and the value it provides.

Is monitoring really required?

The main reason for monitoring your applications is to stay up to date and predict any issues if they can occur. With monitoring, you know when things are heading in a dangerous situation. Monitoring system will alerts when there is any network outages or code breaks. Monitoring tools are very effective to alert us on what happening wrong with our applications and giving insights to resolve them quickly.

Types of monitoring

There are two major types of monitoring: infrastructure and application monitoring. With infrastructure monitoring, you are awre of any network issues like network outage, service/server availability, fault tolerance, bandwidth issue, server load etc. There are many platforms provide good infrastructure monitoring insights like NewRelic, Datadog, Nagios etc.

Another monitoring is application monitoring which includes overall errors occurring inside your application. Application monitoring adds logic to the process of monitoring for errors. It provides a definitive metric that lets engineering teams know when errors are impacting stability to the point that they must spend time debugging. This type of monitoring is used full stack. In backend services or applications it will report on the percentage of successful requests. Similarly for client-side and mobile monitoring the stability is measured as error/crash free sessions.

Growlytics is a platform for application stability monitoring.

Conclusion

Having the right monitoring in place is vital for engineering teams shipping applications to let them know of outages, slowdowns, and errors. What does your monitoring stack look like? Are there places where you’re lacking the right amount of monitoring visibility?