Virtualization Technology News and Information
VMblog Expert Interview: NOBL9 Talks New Replay Platform Capabilities

interview nobl9 merker 

Nobl9, the service level observability company, recently announced Replay, a new set of capabilities to its Service Level Objective (SLO) platform. The new features allow enterprises to create automated SLOs from day one with historical data from the previous thirty days and pre-calculated error budgets. VMblog caught up with Kit Merker, COO of Nobl9, to discuss these new capabilities.

VMblog: To kick things off, please give me an update on Nobl9 and the platform.

Kit Merker:  The Nobl9 SLO Platform helps organizations use SLOs to accelerate software delivery by adding business context and eliminating data overload. Our customers today include enterprises in the financial services, e-commerce, and SaaS industries that use Nobl9 to accelerate engineering, set clear software reliability goals, and ensure end-user satisfaction. The platform now integrates with dozens of popular monitoring systems, such as Amazon Managed Prometheus, AppDynamics, New Relic, and Google Cloud Monitoring, to collect metrics that are measured against business-justified reliability targets so teams can deliver software efficiently. Nobl9 helps software and business teams deliver reliable features faster and at a reasonable cost.

VMblog: Tell me about Nobl9 Replay which you announced today.

Merker:  Nobl9 Replay is a huge productivity advancement, cutting time to value on SLOs from weeks to minutes. Replay lets customers instantly import up to thirty days of reliability metrics when they define their SLOs. Their historical Service Level Indicator (SLI) data is retrieved alongside real-time observability metrics so you can start collecting and tuning SLOs immediately. With Replay, Nobl9 enables automation to capture historical data, combine them with real-time SLI data, and allow customers to view SLO charts and automate various workflows based on SLOs-at-risk.

VMblog: Why is this important?

Merker:  In a word, productivity. Everyone needs to do much more with less these days, and automation is the key to productivity. Instead of watching charts or responding to endless unactionable alerts, SLOs make operations more efficient so you can get back to the real work. Replay is a booster on the iteration and lifecycle of defining SLOs - which means better understanding your service and your customers and taking direct action to deliver value to them.

VMblog: What data sources does Replay pull in?

Merker:  Replay currently supports Datadog, Prometheus, Amazon Managed Prometheus, Graphite, and Splunk metrics. We plan to add Replay functionality to all 24+ existing data sources very soon.

VMblog: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers about SLOs and Nobl9?

Merker:  Technology executives are looking for ways to gain an edge and eliminate waste. The Nobl9 SLO Platform lets technology executives look at their engineering culture and system holistically by providing a central system of record for service ownership, reliability goals, and the historical track record of service health. The platform gives a strategic view of how to run services best to handle fundamental tradeoffs: speed of delivery vs. technical debt, observability data overload vs. actionable insights, and resiliency vs. redundant infrastructure cost. 

Because SLOs make operations efficient (whether you call it SRE, platform engineering, DevOps, or something else), SLO adoption is growing to gain visibility, improve decisions, and protect businesses from disruptions. In a recent survey by Nobl9 and Dimensional Research, 8 out of 10 companies surveyed are increasing their use to provide greater visibility into new technologies and improve their performance. But increasingly, business teams across the enterprise in manufacturing, R&D, marketing, and finance are also employing SLOs to map directly to business operations and improve decision-making.


Published Tuesday, November 01, 2022 8:01 AM by David Marshall
Filed under: ,
There are no comments for this post.
To post a comment, you must be a registered user. Registration is free and easy! Sign up now!
<November 2022>