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Kubernetes Monitoring +Troubleshooting

Kubernetes monitoring and troubleshooting without the right toolset is hard. As with any system, issues and problems will occur. When they do, performance and availability are negatively impacted, putting a strain on your applications and your business.

Kubernetes simplifies the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications and microservices. This helps to keep services up and running, but to identify and resolve underlying problems such as slow performance, failed deployments, and connection errors, you need the ability to gather and visualize in-depth information from across your environment.


With the adoption of a modern, Kubernetes-based infrastructure, users face a wide range of issues. You will encounter scenarios where you need to perform Kubernetes troubleshooting to identify the root cause and take steps to resolve problems:

  • Slow performance and high latency for distributed applications for services scaled across distributed worker nodes
  • Underlying infrastructure issues obscured by Kubernetes and container abstractions
  • Pod crashes and restarts resulting in CrashLoopBackoff events that degrade service performance
  • High resource utilization and bottlenecks with CPU, memory, network, and storage across physical and logical infrastructure
  • Failed application operations in containers and failed connections and timeouts that prevent users from successfully accessing your application


Sysdig Monitor arms development and operations teams with the tools needed to proactively identify and resolve potential problems and issues in a Kubernetes environment. Sysdig technologies provide a 360-degree view of your environment.

ContainerVision™ gives you request‐level visibility inside containers, collecting the industry’s most in-depth metrics and events without invasive instrumentation. ServiceVision™ automatically enriches all of your metrics and events in real-time with metadata from Kubernetes. This means you can instantly explore, monitor, and analyze your environment and metrics from almost any perspective from physical host to namespace, ReplicaSet, deployment, pod and container.


To simplify troubleshooting when it matters most, Sysdig provides the ability to slice and dice your infrastructure and application-level metrics to visualize exactly what’s happening in your Kubernetes cluster. And not just performance data. In addition you get full insight into the health and state of your Kubernetes objects through support for kube-state-metrics.

With Sysdig you can view real-time information and travel back in time to observe the state of any component of your environment at a point-in-time such as when a problem occurred. Dive deep into individual metrics – including Prometheus custom metrics – to visualize and correlate a range of data in rich dashboards and more.


How do you know when it’s time to take action? Dashboards and metric views are great, but you’ve got more to do everyday than watch a screen for issues.

Sysdig keeps watch for you with out-of-the-box and custom alerts that notify you when problems, degradations and unexpected resource constraints arise. Choose from a range of alert types and set thresholds that fit your deployments. Sysdig Monitor automatically observes your cluster for outliers, anomalies, downtime, events, and more and sends you an alert message with details.


With Kubernetes, containers come and go – sometimes very quickly. When you run into a problem, the evidence you need to understand what happened is often gone. Sysdig solves this for you.

Sysdig captures create a full recording of everything that happened on the system at the point in time when an alert triggers. Using Sysdig Inspect, an open-source GUI for system call analysis lets you can perform deep forensic and troubleshooting investigation, correlating events and details to discover cause and recover from incidents quicker saving precious time.

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