Servers deployed in the cloud on services like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Rackspace still require monitoring as if they were hosted within your own infrastructure. Fortunately, these services provide fairly robust monitoring capabilities. These typically cover hardware-level considerations like network I/O, disk performance, memory usage and CPU. Activating monitoring and alerting is a simple process from the consoles, and it’s really a matter of setting the appropriate monitoring thresholds that trigger alerts.
Tools You May Already Have
Nagios (www.nagios.com) is also a popular monitoring tool for servers, installed within your infrastructure and requiring access to the devices that need to be monitored. Nagios monitors just about every health metric for your managed servers with its open source edition but can also add dashboards and incident management features in its commercial editions.
Can’t the Cloud Watch the Cloud?
Third party application monitors range from uptime analysis sites like siteuptime.com and uptrends.com to log monitoring applications like New Relic. New Relic is a cloud-based service monitoring servers and applications ranging from your mobile and web applications to each web, database and application server in your infrastructure regardless of their location. Searching logs and monitoring for incidents is enhanced by highly visual tools in their web interface.
We recommend you give each a try, and seek advice on best practices from a professional team like ours. With questions about cloud infrastructure, please contact Superior Technology at (845) 735-3555 or online at www.superiortechnology.com.
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