Agnes Intelligence ensures scalability of its AI platform
Scaling IT in a fast growing company
The IT operation has to make sure that the IT environment always runs stable and reaches the highest performance targets at any time. Because the company is growing rapidly, the IT team has to scale the IT environment, while also ensuring a high level of security. The capability to scale within minutes without disruption of the user experience is mission-critical, especially when running tests with new potential customers. The IT team was looking for a highly scalable monitoring tool that provides several features out-of-the-box and that also supports dynamic IT assets. Agnes Intelligence is in an early start-up stage, the personal resources to manage the monitoring are very limited, too.
Looking for a modern open source approach
Because the members of the IT department had experience with Nagios, the IT architects were looking for a modern open-source tool. They chose Checkmk, because it met all expectations. On top of that Checkmk comes with a rich graphical user interface, great metrics and supports distributed monitoring.
Monitoring the infrastructure of tomorrow
Agnes Intelligence runs two Checkmk instances with around 3,000 services in total. Both instances are deployed as virtual appliances. The IT team mostly relies on the official Checkmk plug-ins, but also has written a few custom checks. A big benefit are the lightweight Checkmk agents that allow very resource-efficient monitoring. The first Checkmk instance monitors the complete IT operations infrastructure. Here, the IT team ensures the performance of Windows and Linux servers, network devices and business applications. The second instance is of special importance for Agnes Intelligence and used for testing and developing their software platform.
At the moment, Agnes Intelligence is still building up its infrastructure and is currently switching to using Kubernetes in production. Already now Checkmk provides many metrics out-of-the-box, but a next step would be to build a full application monitoring. Agnes Intelligence is still in the planning phase but sees some great potential to use a combination of Checkmk and other tools. Checkmk can monitor Kubernetes and also integrates seamlessly with monitoring tools like Prometheus.
Checkmk provides Agnes Intelligence with a scalable monitoring tool that can monitor all their assets. The IT team gains insights thanks to the detailed data and the metrics provided by the monitoring. Because Checkmk is easy to manage, it takes Agnes only minimal efforts to adjust it to its growing infrastructure.