Cloud Monitoring

Cloud Monitoring: Choosing the Right Metrics

Cloud Monitoring is the service of continuously monitoring the health, performance, and availability of infrastructure components, their services, and applications across heterogeneous clouds. Monitoring Statistics are collected from key infrastructure metrics to monitor the cloud infrastructure performance, providing timely alerts about abnormal conditions. These are generally categorized as available metrics. The most important statistics are Performance statistics for short-term cloud monitoring and Availability statistics for long-term monitoring.

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What is Cloud Monitoring? 

Cloud monitoring is similar in concept to network monitoring. However, in cloud monitoring, the cloud infrastructure itself is monitored, not the applications in the cloud. For example, an organization that has moved its IT infrastructure into the cloud would ordinarily still monitor it for performance, uptime, and functionality just like any other server. Monitoring of the cloud itself offers several benefits.

Metrics for Cloud Monitoring 

Cloud computing has taken over the modern world with nearly every company now relying on it for running their infrastructure. Monitoring is crucial to make sure everything is running smoothly. While commercial monitoring tools do exist, they’re often very expensive. This leaves many companies looking for open source alternatives. 

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Common Cloud Monitoring Metrics

Cloud monitoring metrics deliver visibility into the performance of an organization’s cloud services. While not all cloud environments are created equally, there are core metrics that can be used to monitor many different types of cloud services. 

Metrics on the Virtual Machine: 

The measures in a metric indicate the state of the virtual machine. If a number is a threshold value, it can be set as a key performance indicator (KPI). The more KPI, the better the control of the virtual machine that helps to prevent some failures from occurring. When you use metrics on VMs that are not real-time, you won’t have a clear picture as if you used real-time statistics. 

Metrics from Cloud Vendor

Cloud computing has become the buzzword for the IT industry, hence many enterprises are adopting cloud technologies to run applications. However, decision-making is often hampered by a lack of proper performance metrics. The objective of this whitepaper is to provide an overview of both traditional and cloud-specific metrics along with the best practices to be used for cloud deployments. The report provides detailed information on various metrics associated with different aspects of applications running in the cloud environment. Cloud vendor benchmarking discusses the performance characteristics of top publicly available hosting providers.

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Metrics on Application Performance

Application performance is about how fast the user interacts with an application. There are many IOPS (Input-output operations per second) that can affect application performance, like Database server (12K IOPS, 8K read; 2K write), Storage subsystem (160 IOPS, Sequential; 70IOPS, Random), Storage controller (60 IOPS, Random), Server CPU (100 IOPS, Heavy Workload), SSD Read QD32 (855K IOPS), etc. 

Guidelines for Custom Cloud Monitoring Metrics 

Custom cloud monitoring metrics provide a way for you to quickly understand how things are monitored in your environment and can help provide useful alerts. For example, if you’re experiencing high disk activity, it could indicate that your file system is struggling and if one of your applications is closing down temporarily, that might be a sign that something is awry. 

Following guidelines must be used while developing a cloud monitoring strategy: 

Understand the Cloud Problem

The cloud is not a natural phenomenon; it is man-made and it is being used by every company, large or small, to store, analyze and distribute data. Data is being extracted from every source imaginable: wooden pallets via computerized sorters; hard drives by magnetic tape; airdropped via airplanes. While some companies are beginning to recognize the potential of cloud computing, others are installing as many computers as possible within Walls, leaving them exposed to all elements, even those outside their purview.

Measure what’s Important

The best way to become more motivated to achieve your goals is to reflect on what’s important. It may be hard to realize that some activities aren’t as important as others. This is often the case with tasks that have an obvious starting point (e.g., getting out of debt) but don’t have any real finish point (e.g., changing careers). If you commit to a task and can’t finish it, it doesn’t matter how exciting or how tempting it may be at the moment. You won’t be motivated to keep working if the outcome seems certain and certainly won’t motivate you enough.

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Cut through the Nose;

It’s a phrase that describes a lot of the current SEO climate. With all of the confusion going on in SEO, it can be difficult to see what works and what doesn’t. That’s why we need to keep pushing ourselves to cut through the noise and develop a better understanding of all things related to how search engines work.

Understand Performance on Multiple Levels

Understanding performance is complex. The key to leveraging search engines for copywriting purposes is having the ability to interpret the data you get back when you make your queries. The best way to do that is to not think in terms of rankings but sessions. Ranking metrics like MozRank and Domain Authority should be used only as directional tools to find your next potential areas for improvement because by themselves they don’t tell you what’s wrong with your site (and what’s helping).

Fix but don’t forget

We fix the things that are broken then forget to fix other things, but those should be fixed as well. Things can get a little overwhelming when you first start going through the product backlog. There’s a lot of features and bugs to follow up on, and you don’t know where to start. 

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