Cobe describes itself as: A cloud-hosted SaaS platform that
identifies anomalies, pinpoints impact and visualizes interdependencies
to restore service faster. It is an open-source technology that
incorporates additional entities from outside containerised
environments to enrich the entire model with meta data from third
It’s time for Service-Centric Intelligence
“Service-Centric Intelligence” is an umbrella term Cobe have coined
to describe the concepts and methods that enable visualization,
understanding, and enrichment of containerized business services.
But, what is Service-Centric Intelligence? How does it contribute
to microservices deployments? And, who stands to benefit?
Cobe’s CTO, Alan Simpson, tells us more:
Keeping pace with microservices and containerization
As more and more organizations deliver microservices in containers as
part of agile development projects, digital transformation strategies,
or transition from monolithic/legacy applications to cloud native —
a whole new set of challenges are being uncovered.
Whilst the benefits of microservices are well documented: a faster,
more cost effective and efficient approach to provisioning software,
that supports multiple teams working independently, whilst
simultaneously ensuring collective software development to deliver
solutions faster is required.
The issue is that microservices can appear, and disappear, in
seconds. This makes them difficult to track in real time. And as
the environment expands it introduces a new level of complexity as
you try to decipher how a particular service is supporting your
customers and end users whilst getting a clear understanding of
exactly what is happening at a given moment in time.
New approaches for a brave new world
It’s no longer just about looking at the underlying infrastructure
and identifying that CPU has hit 90%. Who cares? Your business
service, if architected correctly and optimised to benefit from the
auto-scaling properties of an orchestration engine like Kubernetes,
will be automatically provisioned across a broader range of services
— possibly across data centres globally.
All the customer / end user cares about is consistent, constant
access to technology that will complete their purchase, book their
flights, get their quote, and so on.
Simplifying complexity with Service-Centric Intelligence
The aim of Service-Centric Intelligence is to aggregate a host
of relevant information and present a simplified view that allows
you to bring order to containerization chaos and let you
understand how a business service is being delivered.
Microservice and containerized environments are almost impossible to
effectively map. Getting a clear view of the relationships between the
underlying hosts, containers, pods and name spaces that are running,
and easily understanding how they all interconnect and collectively
deliver the business service, is no mean feat.
This is where Service-Centric Intelligence comes into play. This
approach enables you to automatically track dynamic applications,
even as they horizontally scale out through business logic and rules
which have mandated that the app needs to spawn another instance in
another data centre in another part of the world. It gives you a
business-centric view of how your business services are being
supported by your underlying infrastructure.
You can aggregate ALL the individual processes and resources, wherever
they may be, and gain a deep level of insight and understanding of how
a business service is delivered, this approach dovetails into
supporting compliance and reporting regulations, cost management and
The bottom line is that anyone with an application that has to
scale in response to peaks in demand will benefit from getting
a clearer view of their containerized environment.
Service-Centric Intelligence delivers value across the organization
For IT Operations teams, or developers who have had operational
responsibility thrust upon them as a result of the brave new world of
DevOps, Service-Centric Intelligence visualizes interdependencies,
identifies impact and, ultimately, enables faster restoration of service.
Within the office of Finance, even the most modern organisation
will still have existing technology languishing in a data centre,
these cost money, and this money needs to be apportioned to a customer,
team or department. Service-Centric Intelligence can apportion costs,
not only in public cloud, but also in your data centre. Open APIs
integrate with financial management tools to deliver unified, rich
view of all aspects, of the associated costs of that business service,
be that people or tech.
The ability to easily see these environments allows Cobe to drive
deeper understanding and enrich, and extend the value of, containerized