Kafka

Who Can Benefit From Kafka Monitoring Services?

Nastel Technologies®
March 22, 2022

The benefits of Apache Kafka monitoring services are widely appreciated across the industry.

 

Organizations that rely heavily on Apache Kafka for their data streaming needs can derive great benefit from the use of Kafka monitoring services. By keeping track of various different key performance indicators (KPIs) related to Kafka, such as message throughput and latency, organizations can ensure that their Kafka-based data pipelines are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

 

Kafka monitoring can help identify potential bottlenecks and performance issues before they can reach the point where they cause major problems. Thus, Kafka monitoring services can be extremely valuable for organizations that rely on Kafka for mission-critical data streaming applications.

 

This is something that Nastel Technologies specializes in. We offer a “single pane of glass” solution which allows for top-level monitoring of all manner of performance metrics, right across the board. This includes integrated search functions and multiple dashboards already set up and pre-configured to allow for easy drill down into the details of any individual metric that may be causing concern.

 

Who benefits from Kafka monitoring services?

 

1. The company or organization as a whole

 

The benefits of Kafka Monitoring services can be felt right across the organization from the business, management level to app development and middleware teams. All of the lines of business and environments that are utilizing the Kafka architecture can be affected by any downtime or negative changes to throughput and latency, so it is vital for the smooth running of all parts of the organization that Kafka monitoring services are in place.

 

Safeguarding uptime for mission-critical systems is of vital importance to maintain the reliability of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications as well as on-premises, and ultimately company reputation. The reliability of your network is ultimately something that will impact and determine the willingness of others to work with your organization so it is crucial to get this correct at an early stage of deployment.

 

The financial savings made from being able to head off problems relatively easily before they happen and the ability to identify and address potential areas of concern mean that companies can save a lot of money by making a relatively small investment in Kafka monitoring services to oversee their infrastructure. This can make the difference between expansion and stagnation, particularly in areas which have many companies competing for the same contracts.

 

2. Development and Quality Assurance Teams

 

Integration Infrastructure Management (i2M) tools such as Nastel’s Navigator X offer an “out of the box” solution for dealing with the most common problems and bottlenecks within the Apache Kafka system and this can allow relatively minor problems to be dealt with easily. This means that technical support and development man-hours are not wasted on handling relatively minor matters and that resources aren’t diverted away from other more relevant tasks like the development and subsequent rollout of new applications.

 

It also allows for the seamless management and operation of middleware environments by the development teams, without having to refer everything to the middleware team or for approval by management, allowing more independence and fewer bottlenecks. The beauty of this approach is that development teams feel that they are empowered and will therefore generally perform better on the tasks they are responsible for.

 

3. Management

 

The tools provided in Kafka monitoring solutions offer management a very clear and transparent view of what is happening and this allows for a successful, relatively hands-off approach except where absolutely necessary. This saves management time and energy in having to deal with every single aspect of the project individually while at the same time ensuring maximum observability, governance, and oversight, throughout the system.

 

The dashboards and tools offered in the Nastel Technologies suites allow for deep-dive insights into all aspects of the integration infrastructure and this allows management the flexibility to allocate resources to where they are most needed while being sure that the necessary system alerts are in place to flag up any potential problems that cannot be automatically resolved by the out-of-the-box solutions.

 

All in all, it makes a lot of sense to implement a system such as Nastel Navigator X for Kafka as the benefits to your company will be felt at all levels. It will lead to much less stressful environments for the development and quality assurance teams and also allow management to be much more confident that they are able to see all relevant angles and potential problems with 360° Situational Awareness® and take steps to resolve them.

Nastel Technologies is the global leader in Integration Infrastructure Management (i2M). It helps companies achieve flawless delivery of digital services powered by integration infrastructure by delivering Middleware Management, Monitoring, Tracking, and Analytics to detect anomalies, accelerate decisions, and enable customers to constantly innovate, to answer business-centric questions, and provide actionable guidance for decision-makers. It is particularly focused on IBM MQ, Apache Kafka, Solace, TIBCO EMS, ACE/IIB and also supports RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, Blockchain, IOT, DataPower, MFT and many more.

 

The Nastel i2M Platform provides:

  • Secure self-service configuration management with auditing for governance & compliance
  • Message management for Application Development, Test, & Support
  • Real-time performance monitoring, alerting, and remediation
  • Business transaction tracking and IT message tracing
  • AIOps and APM
  • Automation for CI/CD DevOps
  • Analytics for root cause analysis & Management Information (MI)
  • Integration with ITSM/SIEM solutions including ServiceNow, Splunk, & AppDynamics

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