Monitoring in DevOps Lifecycle
Continuous monitoring is as much an integral part of DevOps implementation as continuous integration and delivery. Monitoring both pre-production and production environments enable teams to build faster, test earlier, and release frequently while improving quality and reducing costs.
Proactive monitoring, also known as synthetic monitoring, involves stimulating user interaction with applications, APIs, or web services to study what a real user would face in reality. Monitors can be run from different geographic locations, browsers, or devices to collect performance feedback.
Real-time user monitoring (RUM), on the other hand, captures the actual transaction between the user and the application. It is a passive monitoring technique to observe systems in the background, tracking responsiveness, functionality, and availability.
Agile teams wanting to shift their focus to prevention rather than detection, use synthetic monitoring tools to identify and fix performance deviations before real users experience them. Log and event management in the CI/CD pipeline will enable your team to monitor application behavior before releasing it to production. Clubbing data from synthetic monitoring with RUM data provides full visibility into the user experience.