OpsRamp today announced it has added the ability to ingest data captured via the open source Prometheus monitoring software into its namesake IT operations platform infused with machine learning algorithms.
In addition, the company is adding support for customizable dashboards using the Prometheus Query Language to create visualizations of hybrid infrastructure performance. Also, a set of available tools makes it easier for IT teams to discover when workloads have been added to a cloud. These capabilities became available with the Spring 2021 Release of OpsRamp’s IT operations platform infused with artificial intelligence (AIOps).
Finally, OpsRamp has also created an alert definition model that streamlines the alerts generated by the AIOps platform and its integrations for the Microsoft Azure cloud and the Cisco HyperFlex platform deployed in on-premises IT environments.
Deepak Jannu, senior director of product marketing for OpsRamp, said that as IT becomes more complex to manage, many IT teams are starting to realize that managing these environments without help from an AIOps platform won’t be possible. As such, much of the fear and loathing that was initially associated with AIOps is giving way to acceptance as IT teams start to realize these platforms augment their capabilities versus replace them, added Jannu.
Much of the complexity is being driven by the rise of cloud-native, microservices-based applications that tend to have lots of dependencies. OpsRamp has primarily been encountering Prometheus in these environments. However, Prometheus can also collect data from legacy applications, as well, so over time, the expectation is the open source monitoring tool will be employed more widely.
As AIOps platforms become more widely employed, there is no doubt job roles within IT organizations will change. As lower-level tasks become automated, IT teams should have more time to spend resolving complex issues once the AIOps platform has identified a baseline for how applications should optimally behave. In many cases, the need for personnel to perform rote tasks that no one in IT wants to actually do will be eliminated altogether.
DevOps teams that are committed to automating IT tasks will naturally be among the first to employ an AIOps platform to augment the capabilities of site reliability engineers (SREs) that are often challenging to hire and retain.
In general, Jannu noted that the observability that many IT organizations now demand can’t be achieved by simply collecting more metrics. IT organizations will need to invest in an AIOps platform capable of making sense of all the instrumentation data being collected. The challenge now will be defining the right division of labor between man and machine in an IT environment, Jannu added.
At this juncture, AIOps, to one degree or another, is inevitable. In many cases, machine learning algorithms are already being employed to optimize applications or a specific class of hardware. The decision IT teams will ultimately need to make is determining whether to replace their existing IT operations platform or wait for the provider of their existing platform to get around to adding AI capabilities.