Whether you’re using Docker yet or not, there’s no denying that containers are dramatically changing the way we build and maintain applications—including how we monitor them. And to paraphrase the sage advice from a certain wise uncle, “With great changes in application architecture come great challenges in performance monitoring.”
Okay, so maybe those weren’t his exact words, but the sentiment is still there. New Relic saw the gap in monitoring that the container movement created last year and we leapt at the chance to fix it with the Docker monitoring solution we launched in May 2015. Early on we saw that not only were containers infiltrating a growing number of production environments, but that Docker usage patterns were pretty interesting on their own.
Last month, we revisited our Docker monitoring data to make sure our service was meeting the needs of our customers’ evolving use cases, and the stats continued to be so interesting that we just had to share. Check out the infographic below, and if you’ve got questions or want to learn more about how we interpreted these trends, let us know!
We’ll be at DockerCon in Seattle this weekend, so be sure to swing by booth #G20 and/or attend the talk by New Relic Lead Site Reliability Engineer Sean Kane (the man who literally wrote the book on Docker). Sean’s presentation will be about how we use and monitor Docker at New Relic. We hope to see you there!