Pravin Halady, product manager for NodeSource, says one of the things that differentiates N|Solid, which is based on Node.js, most is the amount of telemetry data NodeSource is able to collect from Node.js applications. The alliance with AppDynamics provides a mechanism for DevOps teams to now tap into that data to better manage those applications alongside the panoply of existing applications they need to support and manage, says Halady.
AppDynamics already supports Node.js. But Halady says the alliance with NodeSource provides deeper visibility into, for example, asynchronous activity. Advanced metrics can be used to augment the basic Node.js metrics that AppDynamics currently provides to better ensure service level agreements (SLAs) are both achieved and maintained, Halady says.
Halady says NodeSource chose to partner with AppDynamics in part because in the wake of AppDynamics being acquired by Cisco Systems, it’s clear that NodeSource needs to participate in the end-to-end visibility platforms that larger companies are starting to build. Cisco has already made significant investments in a Cisco Tetration analytics application in addition to committing to imbuing the IT infrastructure environment it provides with machine-learning algorithms. That data will then be combined with data about applications collected by AppDynamics to identify the source of any potential performance issue faster. NodeSource, adds Halady, will look to foster similar agreement with other providers of application monitoring tools.
In the meantime, DevOps team can take heart in the fact the Node.js Foundation is making providing visibility into DevOps environments a higher priority. The number of Node.js applications in the enterprise is only expected to increase. There’s a high correlation between usage of Node.js and containers that collectively are being used to facilitate the development of microservices. As those microservices bgin to replace monolithic applications developed originally developed in languages such as Java, the size and scope of the DevOps challenge exponentially increases.
Application development in the enterprise is going to be polyglot well into the next decade. Today there are more programming languages being actively used in the enterprise than any time in history. In fact, the days when IT operations could mandate what technologies developers can employ are long over.