VMware Aria Operations for Applications (Formerly Tanzu Observability) Overview

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In this section, we will explore VMware Aria Operations for Applications (Formerly Tanzu Observability) in detail

48. The Benefits of VMware Aria Operations for Applications (Formerly Tanzu Observability) for Applications and Tanzu

A key part of operating resilient cloud applications is monitoring them. It can be challenging to ensure that all aspects of your applications and infrastructure are captured. Monitoring point solutions can create silos of data, and can require a lot of infrastructure to store all the data points that might be significant in root cause analysis.

VMware Aria Operations for Applications enables you to offer observability capabilities as a service to your developers and operators and Tanzu accelerates your teams by providing out of the box views of application and infrastructure KPIs that are fully customizable.

49. Click on your Cluster

Now let us switch back to the Tanzu Mission Control browser tab and click on Clusters from the left hand navigation menu. Click on your cluster from the list of clusters.

50. Click Actions Button

Click on Actions button on the top-right-hand corner

51. Add Tanzu Observability

Click on Integrations  -->  Tanzu Observability --> Add

52.  Integrate Tanzu Observability with your Kubernetes Cluster

  • A wizard opens up asking for Tanzu Observability Account
  • Select the one available from the drop down list. 

Click the Confirm Button

This integrates Tanzu Observability with your Kubernetes Cluster

On the same screen, under the Integrations section, Click on the link Tanzu Observability

54. Login to Tanzu Observability

Login to Tanzu Observability. You should have received an email ( from [email protected]) with a link to creating credentials.

55. View the Health of your Clusters

Tanzu Observability provides out-of-the-box dashboards that can be customized to meet your specific needs. 

This Kubernetes Clusters dashboard provides an overview of all of your clusters, regardless of where they live! and you can navigate to more detailed views by clicking on the charts.

Tanzu Observability dashboards can be linked for navigation between dashboards and even external systems. 

Lets look at the nodes in our cluster by clicking the Nodes link in the Kubernetes Objects panel near the top of the dashboard.

56. View the Nodes in your Cluster

This view shows the nodes in the cluster. Hover over one of the nodes in the node map chart and observe CPU usage.

From here you can navigate to view Containers, Clusters, and Pods.

This shows how Tanzu Observability can be customized to meet your specific business needs.

Feel free to explore your cluster metrics on your own and continue to the next step when you're ready. **It may take upto 10 mins for your cluster metrics to appear.**

57. Tanzu Observability Alerts

In addition to dashboards, Tanzu Observability provides outbound alerting.

Navigate to Alerts by choosing Alerting from the top menu and select All Alerts.

58. Tanzu Observability Alerts Browser

Tanzu Observability supports smart alerts that dynamically filter noise and capture true anomalies.

When the alert condition is met, an alert notifies one or more alert targets, which receive the alert notification(s).

The alert notification includes an image and a link to see the alert in context.

Look all alerts in the Alert Browser or examine a single firing alert in the Alert Viewer.

These Kubernetes alerts are provided out-of-the-box and can be customized as needed.

59. Service Metrics

Tanzu Observability can also show metrics and traces.

From any screen, click on  Applications in the menu bar at the top and then choose Application Status.

60. Service Map

The Service Map shows the services and their relation. This view is automatically generated by ingested traces.

Here we can see the health of the services, how they relate to each other.

Click on the shopping service and choose View Service Dashboard.

61. Service Dashboard

The Service Dashboard shows the RED (request, error, duration/latency) metrics.

Scrolling down we can observe metrics relating to the service chosen in the filter at the top of the dashboard.

To view Traces click on the top service in the Top Failed Requests chart (middle-right).

62. Tanzu Observability Traces Browser

The Tanzu Observability Traces Browser shows the traces for the service(s) selected at the top along with a service map, RED metrics and the spans collected in the trace.

Notice the scroll next to some of the spans. This shows there is a span-log attached to the span.

This demonstrates how Tanzu Observability can help you observe metrics and traces for your entire hardware and software estate.

63. Tanzu Observability Integrations

From any screen, select Integrations in the top menu.

Tanzu Observability has more than 250 integrations, in addition to Kubernetes, allowing you to collect metrics for almost any system.

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