Rethinking DevOps as a Graph for Real-Time Troubleshooting

November 04, 2022

Find Data Connections to Root Causes Faster

Is siloed monitoring slowing you down? Are you observing individual data points and then manually connecting them in your head? Every DevOps engineer keeps a knowledge graph of all the infrastructure and interconnected services inside their heads. These manual connections require familiarity with the system and substantial experience in operation and management. But today’s complex and dynamic architectures make it impossible to keep up with all the changes happening in your environment. This cognitive load is compounded by siloed monitoring tools that increase context switching.

The scale and complexity of distributed systems with microservices and continuous deployments can hinder observability. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to trace an error back to the specific change that caused it. Even with several teams of experts to debug a system during an incident response, the median downtime is more than 5 hours, and no single person can grasp all the details.

Increased data growth and complexity call for an observability platform that lets DevOps teams troubleshoot cloud applications in real time – through a connected graph.

How a DevOps Graph Speeds Up Troubleshooting and Resolution

Leveraging a connected graph for incident response lets teams use their existing operational data without the mental burden of tracking how infrastructure and services interconnect, and what changes have been made in their environment. Imagine a platform that automatically constructs a dependency graph, connects the performance metrics, logs, and operational changes, and models the causal links between the data for real-time root cause analysis.

With CtrlStack, moving beyond legacy solutions no longer needs to be an intimidating idea. In this whitepaper, you’ll learn how the CtrlStack platform uses a DevOps graph to speed:

  • Symptoms – What went wrong in the system?
  • Diagnosis – What changed? Who made the change? Why?
  • Resolution – What needs to be done? What actions have been taken?