Published on 16 December 2015
You're ready to move to the cloud. Or maybe you just want to consolidate your IT infrastructure. While you may be keen to get going, it's important that you understand all the dependencies between your existing infrastructure components first.
You probably already have an inventory of your physical servers, but that isn't enough-you need to know the dependencies between those servers and the hosts, processes, and services in your environment. A seamless full-stack view from your application down to your infrastructure is essential for planning your cloud capacity. You also need an accurate understanding of your current service levels help you to avoid performance regressions.
But getting an up-to-date overview of how your services communicate with one another can be a huge challenge because new servers are regularly added and new services introduced, while older ones are removed and abandoned. This means that manually compiled reports of existing infrastructure components become outdated almost as soon as they're completed.
Research has shown that up to a third of data center servers sit idle at any given time. While removing idle servers from your data center will reduce your power usage, re-scaling your environments within public clouds can also save you a lot on operational costs.
There seems to be a general lack of management oversight at many data centers. Have you ever been in a situation where there's a server running in your data center that no one can explain the purpose of? Solving such issues on the server level is an option, but what if you need to migrate your entire infrastructure to the cloud? In such situations you need an up-to-the-minute overview of all the servers, hosts, and services running in your environment.
New technology is available to help in this regard. Ruxit, an AI-powered application performance management solution, has introduced "smartscape," a visualization tool that provides you with an overview of all your data centers, hosts, processes, services, and applications. To use it you install a single software agent onto each of your hosts. Ruxit smartscape then automatically detects and visualizes your entire web application architecture end-to-end. There's no need for manual configuration. All components of your technology stack are discovered in real-time. Even the interdependencies between components are auto-detected and displayed in minutes.
Ruxit smartscape shows your application's dependencies (see above)
Smartscape visualizations are updated continuously as changes to your infrastructure are detected automatically. And because smartscape view serves as an interactive map, you can click any component to view that component's dependencies. For example, a Tomcat service hosted across several Linux hosts is selected in the smartscape image below. The underlying processes, hosts, data center, and even the application that the service supports are all highlighted automatically.
Select a service to view the underlying processes, hosts, data centers, and more (see above)
Because cloud-migration projects typically entail complex multi-datacenter deployments, smartscape visualizations can be extremely useful. Ruxit is designed to monitor globally-deployed applications and even automatically detects data center locations.
Understand your current application deployment (see above)
With Ruxit, all the information you need to migrate to the cloud is at your fingertips. This includes a seamless full-stack view of your IT infrastructure, as well as an understanding of your current servicelevels. This means you don't need to spend weeks manually assembling the data.
Manage your cloud-deployment resilience (see above)
A key part of building a resilient cloud infrastructure is ensuring operations when instances are recycled or part of your cloud infrastructure goes down. Ruxit identifies key services and shows you if they are deployed redundantly so your application isn't impacted.
Ruxit reported that one of their customers that performed an AWS cloud-migration project was able to replace a manual "2 people for 2 weeks" process (verifying which machines were ready for migration) simply because they had Ruxit smartscape to gather the migration-readiness information they needed in minutes. Ruxit smartscape sped up the entire migration process while reducing person-hours. The customer was also impressed that they could see "the whole business flow through (their) system end-to-end."
Need to understand the dependencies within your environment in preparation for a consolidation or migration project? Want to see the complete picture of your IT infrastructure and connect the dots between your data centers, hosts, processes, and services? If so, sign up for a free trial of Ruxit, the all-in-one application performance management solution.