To cloud-native applications, monitoring is the equivalent of the body's nervous system. Without it, signals to expand and contract auto-scaling groups, optimize infrastructure performance, and the end user experience would be impossible. Monitoring needs to be applied at all levels of the stack to maximize feedback, help guide intelligent automation, and inform IT owners on where to focus efforts and dollars. An adage that should serve as a mantra for all architects and engineers is: If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.

Monitoring in a cloud-native environment must principally cover four areas:

  • Infrastructure Monitoring: Collects and reports on the performance of hosts, network, databases, and any other core cloud services ...

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