Rootconf 2017

On service reliability

Monitoring challenges with containers and microservices

Submitted by Neependra Khare (@neependra) on Jan 15, 2017

Section: Full talk of 40 mins duration Technical level: Intermediate Status: Rejected


Containers are now matured and becoming the detault choice to deploy microservices. We can bring our application up and scale up/down in no time with container orchestrators like Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. With DevOps, it is not only the Ops but the Developers are also interested to know about applications performance in real time.

But containers are ephemeral and due to their dynamic nature, they bring interesting challenges like :-

  • collection of metrics, logs from containers
  • collection of metrics, logs from container orchestrators
  • monitoring of application running inside the container
  • distributed tracing
  • storage of collected metrics, logs
  • analysing the collected data and taking action

In this talk I’ll talk about those challenges in details and the tools which can help is tackling those chanllenges.


7 mins

  • Quickly go over the concepts of microservices and see how it is different from monolith application
  • Look at the monitoring of individual containers
  • Take a sample application delpoy it on Docker Swarm or Kubernetes
  • Scale up and down the application

13 mins

  • Look at the monitoring challenges which would come due to this dynamic scaling
  • Look at the native monitoring solutions with the container orchestrator
  • Look at how to monitor applications running inside the containers
  • Look at how to distributed tracing

15 mins

  • Look at how to store different metrics
  • Look at tools to analyze the stored metrics
  • Existing solutions/tools which are available for monitoring
  • Talk about different strategies for monitoring

5 mins

  • Q & A

Speaker bio

Neependra Khare is Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga. CloudYuga provides training and consulting on Docker, Kubernetes, CoreOS, GO Programming etc. He is one of the Docker Captain as well and running Docker Meetup Group in Bangalore for 3 years. In 2015 he authored a book on Docker, Docker Cookbook. In 2016 he co-authored a course on Cloud Infrastructure Technologies at Edx for Linux Foundation,

He has recently launched a MOOC Container Fundamentals - Docker, runC, Rkt.


Preview video


  • anand verma (@rahulvit09) 3 years ago

    Will you be covering Service Discovery and Pull Based monitoring tools which plays welll with Docker like prometheus?

  • Neependra Khare (@neependra) Proposer 3 years ago

    @rahulvit09 I do plan to cover Prometheus and in that we can have discussion around Pull vs Push based monitoring.

  • Yagnik (@yagnik) 3 years ago

    I think it would be better to skip on the beginning part about scaling, microservices intro part cause that just distracts from your central theme.

    Will you be telling us about how you solve each of those challenges ? Could you also provide some more details on what kind of challanges you want to talk about ?

  • Neependra Khare (@neependra) Proposer 3 years ago

    @yagnik I think quick intro and a demo are required for participants to understand the problem and then appreciate the solutions/tools which we will discuss. I have updated the abstract and outline. Let me know if you are still looking for more details.

  • Waseem (@wasimsse) a year ago

    HI, can i have more detail about challenges related to monitoring microservices?

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