Blue Medora, after selling its core monitoring integration platform to VMware, today changed its name to observIQ and launched an open source agent project that will serve as the foundation of a log management tool to be delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application.
Company CTO Mike Kelly said the observIQ agent, which is written in the Go programming language, will provide IT teams with access to highly configurable agent software that doesn’t adversely impact performance. In contrast, existing open source log agent software requires IT teams to sacrifice one for the other, he said.
Because the observIQ agent is highly configurable, it will also serve to make it easier to collect a wide range of metrics that can be consumed by a wide variety of management tools, Kelly added.
The company will employ observIQ to collect metrics for observIQ Cloud, a SaaS platform currently in beta, in addition to continuing to invest in BindPlane, an IT operations data management platform developed by Blue Medora that delivers a relationship-aware stream of metrics and logs in real-time.
Kelly said IT teams need access to a highly configurable agent software because the types of metrics that need to be collected continue to expand and evolve.
At the same time, Kelly notes IT teams need to be able to affordably instrument many more applications, which becomes difficult to achieve when relying on commercial agent software.
Finally, as IT environments become more complex, organizations are embracing best DevOps practices to manage applications, which requires organizations to increase dramatically the level of observability they have into any application environment. The issue DevOps teams encounter is they wind up having to support multiple agents, so if an open source project leads to fewer agents that need to be maintained and updated, that might be a benefit that resonates.
In the meantime, as log management heads into the cloud along with most other IT management services it’s also becoming easier for IT teams to manage applications from anywhere. Most IT teams are going to be working remotely much more often than they did prior to the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. That transition is easier to achieve when the tools being relied on reside in the cloud.
Many IT teams also tend to limit their use of log analytics because of the costs associated with storing and collecting data. To limit those costs many IT organizations opt to only store log data for a limited time or only collect metrics for their most critical applications. The challenge is, the percentage of applications deemed critical continues to increase.
Of course, competition across providers of log management tools that can be accessed as a service is already fierce, so observIQ will have its work cut out establishing another platform. However, if DevOps teams adopt its open source agent software, there’s naturally a much higher chance organizations will wind up employing observIQ Cloud.