AppFirst Collectors and Warden Containers

AppFirst now supports Warden container technology, which is used in CloudFoundry. Warden provides a service for managing a collection of containers and defines a protocol for clients to send requests to and receive responses from the server.

Warden containers make use of Linux cgroups. As such, many of the processes executing in a container are isolated from processes running in other containers as well as processes running in the underlying OS, outside of any cgroup context. This creates a scenario where details describing the application components running in the context of a container should be accessed from within the container context as opposed to from outside the container context in the underlying OS. This means that an AppFirst collector should be able to be installed in both the underlying OS and within each Warden container.

AppFirst support of CloudFoundry results in collectors installed using Bosh that provide details of the CloudFoundry system and servers. This install occurs when a CloudFoundry instance deploys servers. No user interaction should be required.

Examples are offered in the AppFirst support docs to describe how to install the collector in a Warden container. Collector and Warden containers

Support for Zones & Containers

Support for Zones & Containers

Jan 19, 2015

Back in April we announced the beta release of our Solaris Collector (As a reminder, the Solaris collector works with Solaris 10 and 11 on both SPARC and Intel platforms). Solaris has been receiving rave reviews in beta and the next step in improving Solaris collecting was to provide additional support by collecting within Solaris Zones. Now the AppFirst Collector fully supports both Global and Non-Global Solaris Zones.
You can see all the details about how to install and view your zones in our docs: http://support.appfirst.com/docs/collectors/#zones

And why stop there?

We also decided you needed more details into your Linux Container. So now, the AppFirst Collector can capture details on process and application details in specific Docker containers. See the support documentation for details on how to install on your host OS or directly into a container here: http://support.appfirst.com/docs/collectors/#containers