When it comes to managing and monitoring Docker, a surprise name apparently wants to help channel partners with the effort. Indeed, Oracle has acquired StackEngine — a privately held startup that helps to manage and monitor containers. Among the biggest potential benefactors: MSPs that work closely with Oracle Cloud.
StackEngine describes the Dockering Monitoring challenges and opportunities like this:
“Monitoring dynamic container based applications can be a big challenge. Microservice-based architectures are designed to be extremely fluid, with containers that can come and go as individual services are spun up, scaled out or torn down. This creates a problem for monitoring tools that need to keep an up to date global view of the container based application deployments, since they need to know about all the underlying hosts and containers at any point in time.
The goal would be to have our monitoring system of choice have real time awareness of all the hosts and containers active in our environment, through dynamic deployment of necessary monitoring system components, and any updating of underlying configurations required.”
That sounds promising but it’s still very early in the Docker Monitoring channel game. StackEngine, for instance, did not promote a partner program ahead of the Dec. 18 company sale to Oracle. Moreover, few MSPs have wrapped their arms around potential Docker and DevOps opportunities — though leading edge players like TekLinks and monitoring platform provider LogicMonitor have been studying the market closely.
Still, it’s safe to expect Oracle to roll out some sort of Docker Monitoring capability to channel partners. After all, the StackEngine team will become part of the Oracle Cloud team. And the Oracle Cloud partner program was a major focus at this fall’s Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference in San Francisco.