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Altoros Releases Heartbeat v1.0, Providing HA for Full-Stack Cloud Foundry Monitoring

Altoros, a consultancy focused on cloud-native development, has announced the general availability (GA) of Heartbeat for Pivotal Cloud Foundry. The full-stack monitoring tool aims at providing PCF operators and developers with a 360-degree live view on their Cloud Foundry deployments.

Starting with the v1.0 release, Heartbeat becomes highly available, providing (for both open-source Cloud Foundry and the PCF distribution):

  • high availability (HA) for Heartbeat components (by deploying redundant VMs)
  • HA for metrics (due to sharding and use of a replication factor)
  • increased scalability (due to sharded distribution of metrics across customer's premises)

Enterprise-ready deployments

According to Kirill Grigorchuk, Head of Cloud Foundry at Altoros, "Heartbeat for PCF takes a significant step in monitoring enterprise-grade deployments with this announcement." While working on the general availability release, the team aimed at providing zero-downtime access to Heartbeat, as well as retain all the data in case some servers went down or crashed.

The new HA functionality relies on sharding for data metrics to enable Heartbeat to scale, while reducing computing loads. At the same time, the redundancy and distribution of VMs minimizes downtime during ongoing operation and upgrades.

"We are excited to see Altoros release version 1.0 of the Heartbeat monitoring tool," said Chip Childers, Cloud Foundry Foundation's CTO. "High availability is a mission-critical requirement for every enterprise environment, and solutions like this add significant value to platform operators."

Enhancing integration with external services

Originally announced in May 2017, Heartbeat was delivered to help Cloud Foundry operators and developers with live monitoring across their deployments. The Heartbeat for Pivotal CF edition was released for preview in July.

Heartbeat comprehensively monitors the PCF platform itself, as well as IaaS, apps, and third-party services. Visualized with a variety of panels, metrics can be collected from all orgs and spaces. The main difference from other monitoring tools is that Heartbeat was built specifically for Cloud Foundry, tracking both internal and external CF components, as well as apps and services. Heartbeat for PCF provides functionality through a tile packaged to expose functionality as a managed service.

Earlier this month, Heartbeat for PCF was updated to monitor external services, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcached, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, and Redis. Altoros also added integration with the Altoros Log Search for PCF tile (Elasticsearch).

Technical details

Heartbeat for PCF is offered under a subscription model, with a 30-day free trial.

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Published Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:57 AM by David Marshall
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