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September 11, 2019

Sumo Logic Puts Cloud Architecture on Notice at Illuminate 2019

Alex Woodie

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Today’s hybrid and multi-cloud architectures are generating a windfall of log data, but it’s not all good. According to Sumo Logic, which kicks off its third annual Illuminate conference today, the situation warrants a fresh approach to operations and security analytics.

Companies run the risk of being outrun by their own log data, according to Sumo Logic president and CEO Ramin Sayar, who will be delivering the keynote address this morning at Illuminate 2019, which is being held in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“In the Intelligence Economy, digital business is producing a tsunami of data that leaders and employees are under constant pressure to understand and act upon to drive great customer experiences,” Sayar stated in a press release. “Without real-time insights that are actionalable, these businesses risk falling into the intelligence gap, making them more vulnerable to disruption and irrelevance.

The source of much of this log data is Kubernetes, which is a key, strategic ingredient in the emerging cloud architecture. K8S provides a container-based approach that removes complicated dependencies for developers and simplifies deployment of applications as ultra-scalable microservices. As such, it provides something for both Dev and Ops.

But for all the good that Kubernetes can provide to modern IT groups, it also exacerbates life for the administrators tasked with keeping the systems running and secure. That’s the gist of Sumo Logic’s fourth annual “Continuous Intelligence Report: The State of Modern Applications and DevSecOps in the Cloud,” which was released yesterday.

According to the report, Kubernetes’ explosive adoption is dramatically reshaping the modern application stack. The company reported that 20% of customers in AWS-only environment use Kubernetes, while 23% of customers on AWS and Azure use Kubernetes. Nearly 60% of customers on AWS and GCP use Kubernetes, while more than 80% of customers on all three clouds use Kubernetes.

The rise of Kubernetes and cloud architecture is driving demand for a new category of software called “continuous intelligence,” which CEO Sayar says “mirrors the operational and economic model of cloud computing, and is purpose built to help our customers close the intelligence gap and win in the Intelligence Economy.”

Sumo Logic used the conference to showcase the launch of just such a DevSecOps solution, dubbed Continuous Intelligence for Kubernetes, a specialized edition of its big data analytics software.

The new offering focuses on improving the discoverability, observability, and security of Kubernetes deployments through a series of dashboards. Operators and admins will be able to navigate the template-driven app to troubleshoot performance issues with Kubernetes deployments, including data stores running on-prem, in-cloud, or hybrid deployments. The software will also provide “enhanced observability and deeper visibility” into the microservices-based apps running on Kubernetes, the company says.

Sumo Logic provides security analytics for log-data generated by Kubernetes and the applications running within it. But the company isn’t going it totally alone in the expansive security space. The new offering sports out-of-the-box integrations with an array of DevSecOps tools and vendor offerings, including those from Aqua Security, Falco, JFrog, StackRox, Tigera, Prisma, Armory, CircleCI, Codefresh and Harness.

The company, which boasts about 2,000 customers around the world, has also bolstered its partnership with Google with the release of new applications for Google Cloud Platform (GCP)  and Anthos, its on-premise GCP offering. The company also re-worked its licensing to make it more amenable to users.

Illuminate 2019 runs through Thursday. Stay tuned to Datanami for reports from the show.

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