Sumo Logic Adds Support for Kubernetes


Sumo Logic has unveiled the first instance of its monitoring tools delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to support Kubernetes.

Announced at the company’s Illuminate 2019 conference, the Continuous Intelligence Solution for Kubernetes from Sumo Logic analyzes machine data to identify the root cause of performance bottlenecks.

Sumo Logic also is extending an existing alliance with Google to include support for Anthos, a multi-cloud computing framework that Google developed on top of Kubernetes, and Istio, a service mesh that Google is pushing to be the standard in cloud-native computing environments.

The Sumo Logic Kubernetes offering also provides out-of-the-box integrations with a variety of DevOps tools, including offerings from Aqua Security, JFrog, StackRox, Tigera, Prisma, Armory, CircleCI, Codefresh and Harness, along with built-in support for open source Falco container security software.

Sumo Logic also revealed it is repackaging its Continuous Intelligence Suite into four offerings. A core Essentials Edition will be complemented by an Enterprise Operations Intelligence solution targeting monitoring and troubleshooting use cases, an Enterprise Security Intelligence solution targeting security analytics and compliance use cases, and an all-encompassing Enterprise Suite. Available now in beta, volume discounts will be made available for all enterprise-class packages.

According to a Sumo Logic research report, there is a high correlation between organizations pursuing multi-cloud computing strategies and the adoption of Kubernetes. The analysis of Sumo Logic customers’ use of cloud services finds 23% of customers who are employing both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure clouds use Kubernetes, while 59% of customers using both AWS and Google Cloud Platform use Kubernetes. In addition, 80% of customers employing all three clouds use Kubernetes. That compares to only 20% of customers who are using only AWS that have also deployed Kubernetes.

The same research also suggests that reliance on AWS clouds is not especially deep: The report finds enterprise IT organizations on average consume only about 15 of the more than 150 services AWS makes available.

However, the same report suggests the adoption of serverless computing frameworks has reached a tipping point on AWS clouds—adoption of the AWS Lambda service has grown to 36% in 2019, according to the report.

Bruno Kurtic, vice president of product and strategy for Sumo Logic, says organizations are adopting Kubernetes to avoid becoming locked into one cloud service provider. Those same organizations are also starting to move beyond DevOps to embrace the best DevSecOps processes, he says.

Organizations that have embraced microservices to build cloud-native applications are also discovering that, given the dependencies between microservices, employing monitoring tools is no longer an option, Kurtic adds. Historically, many organizations opted to employ tools to monitor their most critical applications. In the era of cloud-native applications built using microservices, monitoring tools that enable organizations to discover issues quickly are now an absolute requirement, says Kurtic.

It may be a while before multi-cloud computing fully blossoms into true hybrid cloud computing. The one thing that is certain, however, is that Kubernetes will be at the core of most hybrid cloud computing environments.

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