Enterprises that are involved in cloud computing—whether as a client or a vendor—need to put special emphasis on monitoring tools. Although for many the traditional tools serve some of the purposes, there’s no reason why cloud computing itself can’t be leveraged to create better tools for cloud monitoring.
How will it benefit the companies if cloud monitoring tools are themselves in the cloud? Let’s have a look.
A new look at monitoring tools
If monitoring tools are in the cloud, this brings some special advantages to the table, such as:
- True scalability: If resources can enjoy scalability offered by cloud computing, why not the monitoring tools? By using cloud computing, you are able to increase or decrease use of monitoring tools according to your current workloads.
- Automated tasks: Tools in the cloud can be automated. For instance, if you are running a website, it becomes possible to set up cloud-based tools for URL discovery, analyzing page load-time, etc., which cuts down on maintenance costs in a big way.
- Efficient server monitoring: Cloud tools are able to add server monitoring agents on the fly. This means that process-level monitoring requires very little or no human intervention, and at the same time detailed performance analysis is generated.
- Easy configuration management: Another benefit is that such tools let you collect detailed data on important parameters like number of running instances, memory usage per virtual machine, etc., making configuration management better.
For those who want to leverage the benefits of cloud computing to the next level, utilizing cloud-based monitoring tools is the next step.