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Cloud monitoring solution

Cloud monitoring is the process of reviewing and managing the operational workflow and processes within a cloud infrastructure or asset. It’s generally implemented through automated monitoring software that gives central access and control over the cloud infrastructure.

Admins can review the operational status and health of cloud servers and components.

Concerns arise based on the type of cloud structure you have, and your strategy for using it. If you’re using a public cloud service, you tend to have limited control and visibility for managing and monitoring the infrastructure. A private cloud, which most large organizations use, provides the internal IT department more control and flexibility, with added consumption benefits.

Regardless of the type of cloud structure your company uses, monitoring is critical to performance and security.

How Cloud Monitoring Works

The cloud has many moving parts, and it’s important to ensure everything works together seamlessly to optimize performance. Cloud monitoring primarily includes functions such as:

  • Website monitoring: Tracking the processes, traffic, availability and resource utilization of cloud-hosted websites
  • Virtual machine monitoring: Monitoring the virtualization infrastructure and individual virtual machines
  • Database monitoring: Monitoring processes, queries, availability, and consumption of cloud database resources
  • Virtual network monitoring: Monitoring virtual network resources, devices, connections, and performance
  • Cloud storage monitoring: Monitoring storage resources and their processes provisioned to virtual machines, services, databases, and applications

Cloud Monitoring Capabilities

Cloud monitoring makes it easier to identify patterns and discover potential security risks in the infrastructure. Some key capabilities of cloud monitoring include:

Ability to monitor large volumes of cloud data across many distributed locations

Gain visibility into application, user, and file behavior to identify potential attacks or compromises

Continuous monitoring to ensure new and modified files are scanned in real time

Auditing and reporting capabilities to manage security compliance

monitoring tools with a range of cloud service providers

Data Security

Security is crucial in the cloud so gaining strict control over data at all endpoints helps mitigate risks. Solutions that scan, analyze, and take action on data before it leaves the network help protect against data loss. It’s also important to scan, evaluate, and classify data before it’s downloaded to the network to avoid malware and data breaches.

APIs

The cloud can have an array of performance issues from poorly designed APIs. You can avoid poor cloud API performance by using APIs that operate via objects instead of operations. This results in fewer individual API calls and less traffic. APIs with consistent designs and few data type restrictions result in better performance.

Application Workflow

An application’s response time and supporting resources are vital to understanding what’s hindering performance. Following an application’s workflow helps you identify where and when delays occur.

Allocating Cloud Servers and Storage

Overprovisioning cloud services—also known as cloud sprawl—eats up resources, availability and can impede performance. APM tools can help you find the issues, then proper policies and procedures can help mitigate sprawl and pull back resource and network use when necessary.

Monitoring the cloud requires tools that track performance, consumption, and availability while ensuring the secure transfer of data. A proper solution and management enables companies to find a balance between mitigating risks while leveraging the benefits of the cloud.