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Top 5 cloud computing monitoring tools

Chirag Thumar
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There’s no shortage of options for cloud computing monitoring tools. In this article, Chirag Thumar takes a closer look at some of the best monitoring solutions for cloud computing.

Cloud computing monitoring tools are a dime a dozen. I could name over fifty tools just off the top of my head. However, with such a range, it’s important to find the best tool for your cloud computing monitoring needs. Over the years, I’ve used most of the cloud computing tools out there and these are some of my favorites.

1. Amazon Cloudwatch

This is a monitoring AWS cloud resources for applications running on AWS. It has a wide range of application for your daily living from setting alarms, reacting to different AWS resources, tracking and maintaining log files and metrics.

However, certain multi-cloud management strategies were required in March 2017 when Amazon Web Services went down due to user errors. There have been high error rates according to AWS Service Health Dashboard. The affected websites include Quora, Sailthru, Giphy, file sharing in Slack etc. Media sites have also declared that some IoT devices have also faced the ill impact.

There is a need to balance workloads across multiple clouds hence the strategy was taken up with the hope of not having redundant but rather promising services to prevent failures. Accenture, Dell and Cisco Systems, work today to fill this management void.

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2. AppDynamics

Cisco Systems acquired AppDynamics in early 2017, a tool that mainly focuses on application performance management. It competes heavily with a lot of other application management tools like Datadog, Ca Technologies, SolarWinds, New Relic, etc.

With backing from Cisco Systems, AppDynamics should reach a new level in business results when security and scale combines with the powers of application management. Many MSPs particularly identify APM to better end customer experience because of its ability to optimize software stacks as well apart from hardware and infrastructure optimization solutions.

3. Aternity

Riverbed Technology acquired Aternity, a leading End User Experience (EUE) provider, in July 2016. With this acquisition, Riverbed’s Steel Central’s performance would be greatly improved. This meant a highly improved end-user experience.

Aternity is already known for its ability to monitor millions of virtual, mobile and desktop endpoints. I find it a more comprehensive and advanced approach to EUE optimization. With the help of synthetic tests (emulating users from different locations to confirm availability and improve reliability), solving network traffic issues by determining page load time and delays, using JavaScript platform and by optimizing user interaction, Aternity provides an overall reach in every possible way to enhance the experience of its end point users.

4. Avnet Cloud Marketplace

Tech Data, in February 2017, declared its successful acquisition of Avnet Technology Solutions. The Cloud Marketplace offeres a comprehensive platform of cloud products and services, making it even easier for end-users to become cloud-enabled. Avnet’s Cloud Marketplace makes it easy for partners to offer their own branded cloud storefront and upload and offer their own cloud services.

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5. Bitnami Clouding Tools

Bitnami is a library of installers or software packages for web applications and development stacks as well as virtual appliances. This clouding tool helps MSPs monitor the AWS, Google Cloud platform, and Microsoft Azure. It also powers Go Daddy’s clouding platform. It helps provide a one step installation for applications like WordPress, Drupal, etc.

In conclusion

Cloud computing has become an essential part to improve the reliability and cause the scalability of IT services provided to users. AWS provides an externally hosted computing resource where different organizations can run their own applications. Monitoring of effective utilization of cloud resources is also very essential in these cases. These applications expected to perform at all times and any desired levels.

Application Managers provide critical monitoring of application servers, VMwares, Web transactions, database servers, etc. The cloud infrastructure is carefully monitors in terms of their health and performance.

Cloud based monitoring strategy is definitely advantageous in terms of its cost, deployment, etc, as compared to in-house tools. However, on-premises deployment is more secure and shows better performance. Also outage affects operation of the tool and can impact the business functionality and users as well. All these have to be considered and different strategies have to be implemented to ward of future problems.

Author

Chirag Thumar

Chirag Thumar is an experienced and innovative web developer at NexSoftSys, one of the fastest growing company in the IT industry. It has passionate and professional team of developers in various area such as asp .net development, Microsoft dynamics CRM, Java Offshore Development, Hadoop Big Data, Pentaho BI, Oracle, Mobile application development on Android, iOS and other cross platform.


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