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Tigera Enables Live View of Cloud-Native Apps Deployed in Kubernetes for Full-Stack Observability and Real-Time Troubleshooting
Tigera announced the latest release of Calico Enterprise that adds Kubernetes-native full-stack observability capabilities that DevOps, site reliability engineers (SREs), and platform owners can use to observe and monitor microservices interaction to quickly troubleshoot issues while avoiding business disruption in cloud-native applications typically deployed with Kubernetes. 

Building on Calico's Kubernetes networking and security capabilities, now Calico Enterprise 3.5 delivers full-stack observability across the entire Kubernetes stack starting from application layer to networking layer. Calico Enterprise delivers an easy-to-understand and action-oriented view that is otherwise extremely difficult and time-consuming to come by, due to the abstracted, ephemeral, and distributed nature of Kubernetes infrastructure. At the same time, Calico Enterprise maintains the correlations at the service, deployment, container, node, pod, network, and packet levels. Otherwise, as the application grows and the volume of interactions increases, these correlations become increasingly unwieldy to manage and complicated to troubleshoot.

"We are providing full-stack observability for cloud-native applications in the Kubernetes environment," said Ratan Tipirneni, CEO of Tigera. "Now users can get a live, high-fidelity view of microservices and workload interactions in their environment right at their fingertips with the ability to take corrective actions in real time."

Calico keeps the Kubernetes context intact for developers, DevOps, SREs, and platform owners to do easy filtering and subsequent analysis of traffic payloads from their perspective providing the following. 

  • Dynamic Service Graph: A point-to-point topographical representation of traffic between namespaces, microservices, and deployments that speeds problem identification and troubleshooting.
  • Application-Level Observability: Detect and prevent anomalous behaviors such as attempts to access applications, restricted URLs, and scans for particular URLs.
  • Domain Name System (DNS) Dashboard: With an interactive display that shows DNS information categorized by microservices and workloads, determine whether DNS is the root cause for application connectivity issues.
  • Dynamic Packet Capture: Automatically retrieve pcap files, with the ability to customize the duration and packet size for packet capture, to help reduce the time for addressing performance hotspots and troubleshooting connectivity issues. 
  • Multi-Cloud: Works across multi-cloud and hybrid clouds with any Kubernetes distribution or combination of Kubernetes distributions.

These same features are now available in the recently announced Calico Cloud. For a complete overview, read the Challenges to Kubernetes Observability blog.

Published Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:05 PM by David Marshall
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