ScienceLogic Deepens Full Stack Visibility with Acquisition of AppFirst

Expanding IT monitoring with Application Discovery, Dependency Mapping, and Analytics
Russ Elsner

We recently announced our acquisition of AppFirst. I’m very excited about this! I’ve been working in the performance monitoring space for 15 years and I’ve never seen a better marriage of technologies. I wanted to share my thoughts on why this acquisition is such an exciting development.

 The Fundamental Nature of IT is Changing

  • The traditional silos are converging. The lines between network, compute and storage are blurring.
  • Physical location is becoming irrelevant. Workloads can run on premise, in the cloud, in a hosted environment, or migrate between all three.
  • New application architectures and technologies are coming at an increasingly rapid pace. Containers, micro services, IoT and server-less compute are changing the way developers write applications.
  • New application-centric infrastructure like SDN and SDDC are changing the very structure of the datacenter.
  • Finally (and most important), the business is demanding that IT take a service-centric approach to delivery and operations.

The trends above are powerful. They will be the engine for modernization within IT.

However, unless you are a startup, you already have a vast and complex environment bought and built over the last 10 years. You are not going to swap that out overnight. Most networks will continue to be a heterogeneous collection of different technologies.

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Hybrid IT

ScienceLogic has been extraordinarily successful building a platform to manage and operate this heterogeneous environment. In the past, we have relied on remote techniques to gather data about apps and infrastructure. This is, and will continue to be, a major source of the data we collect.

However, with some of the new technologies and architectures, there is some data you can’t get through remote API calls or polling. You need agents on the target systems.

Hybrid Approach to Monitoring

The old battle between agent-based and agentless monitoring is outdated. The truth is you need both:

  • Agentless monitoring for broad visibility across the entire IT domain
  • Agent-based monitoring for deep monitoring of key application resources

AppFirst brings powerful agent-based monitoring into the broader ScienceLogic portfolio. We will use this technology to add a new layer to the monitoring we provide.

  • Agents are the best way to monitor short-lived entities in modern application architectures. As VMs, containers, or cloud instances spin up, the agent spins up with them and immediately starts reporting performance data.
  • Agents provide real-time application dependency data to automatically discover and map application structures. This allows us to automate service-centric visibility.
  • Agents provide much higher granularity with the data they collect. Rather than relying one-minute granularity from polling, agents can provide one-second or even sub-second performance views.
  • Agents have access to local log data. Agents can collect, parse, and analyze data from operating systems and application logs.

The ability to blend broad agentless data with deep agent-based data is the best way to approach the seismic shift underway in IT. ScienceLogic’s acquisition of AppFirst highlights our continued investment in technology to monitor and operate the heterogeneous, multi-technology, multi-cloud environments of the future.

We’re thrilled to welcome AppFirst to the ScienceLogic family!

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