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Orion Platform 2018.2 feature: Container monitoring

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Updated September 7, 2018


Containers are lightweight, executable packages of software that include everything needed to run an application: code, system tools, system libraries, and settings. Instead of shipping a full OS and software, application containers include an application's code, configurations, and dependencies into a single package, resulting in enhanced environmental consistency, operational efficiency, and version control.

Similar to VMs, containers isolate applications and their dependencies into self-contained units that can run anywhere without interfering with each other. Unlike VMs that each have their own virtual OS and hardware, containers share the host system kernel with other containers to save space, increase efficiency, and improve developer productivity. 
Starting with SAM 6.7 and VMAN 8.3, the Orion Platform supports monitoring for containers deployed to Linux nodes in the Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Apache Mesos environments. 

After adding container services in the Orion Web Console, you can display details about your container infrastructure, including container hosts, host clusters, and deployments. Various widgets provide details about container TCP connections, network loads, environment dependencies, CPU usage, and more. 

You can display container metrics in different places in the Orion Web Console, including:


The following figure shows how you can hover over a container in the AppStack Environment to display details about it:



Here is an example of a Container widget created in PerfStack:



Want to learn more about Container Monitoring?  Click here to access an article about this feature in the SolarWinds online IT community, THWACK.


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