Top 10 cloud monitoring must-haves

Regional cloud experts explain the top abilities that must be built into cloud monitoring software.

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By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 22, 2013

Regional cloud experts explain the top abilities that must be built into cloud monitoring software.

1 Agility

It is important that a cloud’s monitoring system is agile just like its infrastructure. In this way, applications can be accessible quickly, managed in the cloud and where business-critical services can also be delivered. Also, deployment should be automated as much as possible.

2 Security

The ability to operate securely across networks within firewalls is also important. An organisation may have other servers in the cloud so there should high security that follow industry standards encryption protocols.

3 Capability to monitor remote and local sites efficiently

Desktop virtualisation allows the efficiency of dozens of desktops on a server. Cloud monitoring solutions should work as efficiently by allowing detailed monitoring inside each desktop without requiring a monitoring agent on each.

4 End-to-end monitoring

The ability to discover root problems is essential for monitoring end-to-end across a multi-tiered infrastructure that can span public cloud, private cloud and intra-enterprise networks. The ability to monitor what is happening at every layer of every component is very important.

5 Ability to deliver monitoring itself as a cloud-based service

The monitoring tool itself should be delivered as a cloud-based service, so it can be turned on and off as the business demands.

6 Automation

Cloud monitoring software needs to be automated, it needs to be able to detect and discover the enterprise environment automatically and map the network, its applications and services.

7 Analytics

Cloud monitoring software needs to be able to analyse what is in that network, and know what the dependency map is; which components depend on which other components, and which applications depend on other enterprise applications.

8 Learning

Cloud monitoring software needs to learn and needs to be able to look at an environment, learn about environment behaviour and set thresholds based on that learning. This means humans do not need to set thresholds and admins only get alerts based on what is normal.

9 Planning

The cloud monitoring tool should help an enterprise plan, it should be something that forecasts what the company is going to require and forecast growth. If management tools are not planning and forecasting then the enterprise is having to do that itself and that is difficult at scale.

10 Efficiency

Monitoring should be able to tell the enterprise how efficient it currently is and should help improve efficiency. The tools should explain where improvements should be made to be at full efficiency and should provide dollar values for efficiency changes.

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