Ops Checklist for Monitoring Kubernetes at Scale


By design, the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine is not self-monitoring, and a bare installation will typically only have a subset of the monitoring tooling that you will need. In a previous post, we covered the five tools for monitoring Kubernetes in production, at scale, as per recommendations from Kenzan.

However, the toolsets your organization chooses to monitor Kubernetes is only half of the equation. You must also know what to monitor, where to put processes in place in order to assimilate the results of monitoring and how to take appropriate corrective measures in response. This last item is often overlooked by DevOps teams.

All of the Kubernetes components — container, pod, node and cluster — must be covered in the monitoring operation. Let’s go through monitoring requirements for each one.

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