GitLab compared to other DevOps tools

Micro Focus APM vs GitLab

Micro Focus, which purchased the software business unit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has APM, or Application Performance Monitoring, that has both on-premise technologies and SaaS-based offerings. APM is a tool that offers client-monitoring, native mobile performance and deep-level application server diagnostics. APM measures end-user experience by executing controlled, repeatable transactions from multiple locations both inside and outside the firewall identifying availability and performance issues.

GitLab has a powerful monitoring capability with Prometheus, a time-series monitoring service, providing a flexible platform for monitoring GitLab and other software products. GitLab provides out of the box monitoring with Prometheus, providing easy access to high quality time-series monitoring of GitLab services.

FEATURES

Synthetic Transaction Monitoring

The ability to monitor websites using Web browser emulation or scripted recordings of Web transactions. Creating behavioral scripts to simulate an action or path performed by a customer/end-user that would be taken on an application

Cloud Native Monitoring

The monitoring of cloud native applications including micorservices that are built to run in the cloud so that bottlenecks and issues can be addressed via insights into collected metrics.

Server Monitoring

Reviewing and analyzing a server for availability, operations, performance, security and other operations-related processes. Monitor servers system resources like CPU Usage, Memory Consumption, I/O, Network, Disk Usage, Process, etc. GitLab uses the Node Exporter (via Prometheus) to expose an extensive set of machine-level metrics on Linux and other Unix systems such as CPU usage, memory, disk utilization, filesystem fullness, and network bandwidth.

Log Correlation

The monitoring of servers, application, network and security devices via generated log files to identify errors and problems for analysis. GitLab makes it easy to view the logs of running pods in connected Kubernetes clusters. By displaying the logs directly in GitLab, developers can avoid having to manage console tools or jump to a different interface.

Baselining

Measures an application’s performance and tells whether it meets the service level agreements before it goes live to customers. Used for a product’s or platform’s continuous performance analysis and monitorin

Real User Monitoring (RUM)

Records user interaction with a client interacting with a server or cloud-based application. Determines if users are being served quickly and without errors and, if not, which part of a business process is failing

Topology

Network mapping that provides real-time views and performance monitoring of network devices, services, applications, connections and traffic patterns on one or more networks

Tracing

Tracing provides insight into the performance and health of a deployed application, tracking each function or microservice which handles a given request. This makes it easy to understand the end-to-end flow of a request, regardless of whether you are using a monolithic or distributed system.

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