Demystifying Cloud Monitoring
November 6th, 2012 by Patrick Lui
Every few years, a new IT buzzword comes by. A few years ago, virtualization
was the hot topic and it still is. Lately, the buzzword is cloud
. I knew cloud computing had gone mainstream during a chat with my technologically-challenged aunt. When I explained to her what kind of software we sell, she asked if we can monitor the cloud. My jaw dropped and thought to myself..really? Is this the same person who called me long distance about her mouse not working and only later found out it wasn’t plugged in? Going off a tangent here but who else hates being IT support to everyone around, you just because you work in IT?
So does up.time
monitor the cloud? Of course! But how? To answer that question, we need to define what cloud really is. Let’s see what Wikipedia says:
Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network
What does that mean? It just means the servers are hosted somewhere, connected by network. This sounds suspicious like…
A data center or computer centre (also data center) is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components
Putting it all together, all cloud computing means is that some servers are being hosted in a facility where the systems are all connected in a network. That also means monitoring the cloud is not a whole lot different from monitoring your data center
. You still have your servers/OS’s
to monitor. You also need to monitor the applications
. What else? How about the network
? What about reporting on SLAs
? Don’t forget capacity planning
to see if you will need to spawn off more servers in the cloud. All these can be done with up.time. up.time
provides visibility into your entire IT infrastructure, whether it is hosted in a public cloud (e.g. Amazon’s EC2) or in a private cloud (i.e. in your data center).
Cloud computing has taken IT by storm. If you have put your infrastructure in the cloud or just thinking about it, you don’t have to worry about how to monitor it. Download up.time
or contact us
and let up.time be your eyes in the cloud!
Tags: Capacity Planning, cloud, cloud computing, IT monitoring, sla, virualization