observIQ Cloud – the first plug and play observability solution for arm-based Kubernetes
The Emergence of Arm-Based Kubernetes
Arm-based Kubernetes clusters have been in use for a while, albeit mostly for niche uses, by enthusiasts, and DIY hobbyists. But that is changing. Arm architecture offers an efficiency and scalability that other architectures do not, and that makes it appealing to businesses. There are a number of hardware, firmware, software, and optimization hurdles to overcome before arm processors can compete with the leading architectures for cloud environments, but it’s already taking off for IOT, and more companies, such as Apple, are betting on arm as the future of computing. One big advantage, which arises from the architecture’s overall simplicity, is that it makes it much easier to construct and scale multiprocessor systems, and it’s usually possible to add new hardware to a system without ditching the old. Processes can be redistributed so that more powerful hardware handles more demanding tasks, boosting overall performance.
Investment on the hardware side will be what ultimately drives arm from a niche architecture into the mainstream, but a lot needs to be done throughout our global computing infrastructure to facilitate that additional technology. Software needs to evolve to maximize the value of the hardware. That’s going to take time and effort, but when it comes to observability, observIQ already has you covered.
The Software Lifecycle
There is a pervasive inverse relationship between the versatility of software and ease of use. Generally, the more versatile something is, the harder it is to understand, implement, and maintain. Many companies approach this issue from two angles simultaneously. First, they construct add-ons and tools that make their versatile software more streamlined for common, basic use cases. The prime example of this is operating systems. Operating systems are the foundation of our computing world. They are endlessly versatile, yet very few people know how to use them beyond the predefined paths offered by OS publishers like Apple and Microsoft, let alone understand what is going on under the hood. Doing more requires in-depth knowledge and tedious effort. Second, they segment or partition their software into packages that suit different needs. It’s mostly a strategy for generating extra revenue by attracting customers who don’t need everything they have to offer, but will pay a little bit less for access to what they can use. This leads to competition – companies emerge with simple tools that more efficiently address the segmented use cases of the big, versatile software. New companies develop broader applications to push their growth, and the cycle continues.
Kubernetes is a very versatile framework. There are plenty of tools that streamline common use cases, but arm-based Kubernetes is still in its emergent phase. It’s more common as an IOT framework, but only because enthusiasts at home are driving that side of the market. It has tremendous potential for cloud services. It’s more energy efficient. It scales beautifully. It’s versatile. It’s not widely used.
Monitoring Kubernetes ARM with observIQ Cloud
One of the biggest barriers keeping Kubernetes arm from mainstream success is the lack of arm-optimized software – beyond that, the lack of tools needed to build out arm-optimized software. Visibility is a massive piece of the puzzle. Whether you’re monitoring your home network or building out a massive cloud infrastructure, there aren’t any observability tools at your disposal for arm-based computing. Sure, there are some open-source options and personal projects shared publicly on Github, but nothing enterprise-level. Nothing plug and play. Until now.
observIQ just released custom integrations that support monitoring arm-based infrastructures. If you’re familiar with us, you already know that all of our agents only take seconds to configure and install, and prefilled templates with the appropriate paths and kubeconfig make it simple, even for a newbie. You can monitor all of your Kubernetes clusters on one account, and add as many users as you want for free. If you’re monitoring a home-network that ships less than 3GB of logs per day, you’ll never pay a penny. Try it out.