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Get Ready for Velocity: 5 Questions (and Answers) for DevOps Teams

Gayle Levin May 22, 2019

Why visit San Jose, CA in June? You might be thinking great weather, a side trip to the beach, or … Velocity. We’re proud to be back sponsoring Velocity 2019 and co-presenting with Dell on  25 Billion Transactions and Counting: How Dell Manages Application Performance at ScaleAs you know, modern systems pose a number of thorny challenges. They’re inherently complex, span multiple technologies, groups, and sometimes even different organizations altogether. Below I tackle 5 questions that DevOps and SRE teams face as you struggle to manage performance across the full cloud-native application stack.

Question 1: Are microservices the new DevOps standard?

93% of organizations use or are planning to use microservices[1]. Yes, microservices and containers are quickly becoming the new normal for application development along with cloud-native platforms such as Kubernetes, OpenShift, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Azure, AWS, and Google. But the era of open source and collaboration creates an explosion of options which can overwhelm DevOps teams. Riverbed’s application performance monitoring (APM) solution simplifies cloud-native monitoring with unified visibility across user, trace, log, wire, and systems data—all in one.

cloud-native technologies at Velocity

Question 2: How important is performance, really?

1 in 3 say that they’ll walk away from a brand they love after just one bad experience[2]. In other words: Experience is EVERYTHING. But, it’s increasingly difficult to ensure the performance of modern applications. They’re frequently updated, span multiple technologies, have components that are spun up and down, and deployed across multiple geographies. It’s also tricky to measure what your customers and employees are actually experiencing—how they perceive performance—unless you measure the end user experience. With Riverbed, you can trace every user transaction—all the way from the user’s device through the backend. You can then understand crucial transaction flows and dependencies and ensure exceptional user experience.

Question 3: How well do traditional APM tools meet the needs of modern applications?

54% of IT professionals said that managing containers and microservices with legacy tools is simply not effective[3]. Legacy tools were designed to manage static monolithic applications. But, monitoring dynamic cloud-native apps with legacy tools creates a lot of blind spots if you don’t monitor at high frequencies. Even if there are triggers in place to collect more data when an issue is detected, you can miss the historical context necessary for problem resolution. This lack of data is exacerbated when diagnosing intermittent issues in modern, complex systems.

Question 4: How do you scale to analyze big data generated by modern apps?

18x more data is generated by cloud-native vs monolithic apps[4]. That’s a lot of data. Because the rate of change and the volume and velocity of data generated by containers and microservices is exponentially greater, that means that the new generation of APM tools needs to support big data.  With big data, you can effectively optimize performance—manage service levels, troubleshoot complex issues, and understand usage trends to better align development efforts with business priorities. Riverbed’s highly scalable architecture can collect and store full details for billions of transactions/day so you always have all the evidence on hand to reconstruct and diagnose any issue.

One final question: are you interested in learning more at Velocity?

Join us in San Jose at Velocity 2019, June 10-13, 2019 at Booth 406 and for the session on Wednesday, June 12 @ 1:25pm:

25 Billion Transactions and Counting: How Dell Manages Application Performance at Scale


Don’t miss this session with Jeremy Tupa and Marcelo Soares from Dell’s application performance team and Riverbed Principal Scientist Jon Hodgson to learn best practices on:

  • How to manage and optimize tens of thousands of microservices and containers
  • Key insights for evolving DevOps tools and methodologies
  • Dell’s partnership with Riverbed to deliver exceptional application performance


  1. “Global Microservices Trends”, Dimensional Research, 2018
  2.  PWC, “Experience is everything”, 2018
  3. Digital Enterprise Journal, 17 Areas Shaping the IT Market in 2018
  4. Digital Enterprise Journal, 17 Areas Shaping the IT Ops Market in 2018

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