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News Roundup, September 9: What’s Happening in AIOps, ITOps, and IT Monitoring

The dog days of summer are officially behind us. And even though most of us took a break to enjoy the sunshine—the world of AIOps, ITOps, and IT monitoring never stops moving.

1. Splunk acquires SignalFx for $1.05 billion.

The biggest news in IT in recent weeks has been Splunk’s acquisition of SignalFx—a provider of cloud monitoring solutions. As this article in TechCrunch suggests, the acquisition will help Splunk expand its support for cloud-native applications. As enterprises move to the cloud, it is increasingly important to understand not only the performance of applications but the relationship between apps and the infrastructures they rely on.

2. More enterprises are looking to machine learning-powered tools to make ITOps more productive than previously thought.

An article from The New Stack cites a recent survey from the AIOps Exchange stating that 91% of respondents are looking to AIOps to help make their ops teams more productive. This number is even higher than Forrester’s figures—which names ScienceLogic as a Leader—with 51% of respondents already using and another 21% planning to adopt machine-learning tools within a year.

Why is interest so high? According to the AIOps Exchange survey, 40% of IT organizations see over a million alerts a day—with 11% receiving over 10 million a day. AIOps helps to reduce this noise by correlating all of these alerts into related incidents.

3. IT operations management (ITOM) is moving away from on-prem and towards SaaS.

In light of the SaaS-based monitoring platform SignalFx being acquired by Splunk, this blog from DevOps.com that was posted last week makes a case for the rise of SaaS-based ITOM.

On-premises solutions have been typically used to address ITOM pain points such as alerts, log management, asset configuration, incident management, and more. But on-premises solutions can have their drawbacks such as:

  • Multi-vendor tools are not designed to work together
  • Upkeep can be overwhelming
  • Predicting cost-of-ownership is very difficult because each tool is controlled by a different vendor

Enterprise ITOps can benefit from the flexibility that SaaS provides due to the skills gap that comes with the ever-increasing complexity of the IT universe. SaaS helps transform workloads and daily tasks according to the needs of the organization and is much more consumable than legacy tools—reducing the learning curves associated with running ITOps.

4. The number of companies actively contributing to Kubernetes is skyrocketing.

The industry is abuzz with talk about Kubernetes. In fact, this article in the ITOps Times states that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)—where Kubernetes is hosted— is reporting the number of companies actively contributing to Kubernetes, has grown 2000 percent—from 15 to 315 companies since 2016. The individual contributors of the most widely used container orchestration platform have grown from 400 to 3000.

The top two contributing companies are Google and Red Hat—which account for 35% of contributions. And their contributions continue to increase—indicating a healthy dynamic where project originators continue to contribute a large volume of code while encouraging other organizations to contribute more code over time.

Want more news about ITOps monitoring? Then read the Gartner Report: 2019 Strategic Roadmap for IT Operations Monitoring>