Monitoring Cloud Systems: Optimize for Performance

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  • Monitor Cloud Systems to Measure Requirements
  • Optimize Cloud Systems to Meet Performance Criteria

Benefits of Monitoring Cloud Systems

  • Monitoring can help identify potential issues before they become a problem or disruption in services.
  • Monitoring can give a quick overview of the health and performance of all systems in the environment.
  • Budgeting and IT upgrades become more clear and visible with monitoring.

Real-Time vs. Synthetic Monitoring

Real-time monitoring observes system availability, functionality, and responsiveness

Synthetic monitoring creates fake traffic by generating/simulating users to view and test different scenarios.

Monitoring Tools by Cloud Providers

Microsoft Azure:

  • Azure Monitor
  • Application Insights
  • Log Analytics

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)

Google Stackdriver

Amazon CloudWatch

Rackspace Cloud Monitoring

Cloud Components to Monitor:monitoring-cloud-systems-graph

Baselines – Defines the normal utilization of the resources on the environment for comparable measures.

  • CPU Utilization
  • Memory Utilization
  • Storage Utilization
  • Network Utilization
  • OS Versions
  • Compliance and KPIs (key performance indicators)

Monitor Utilization and Anomalies

Monitoring for utilization is similar to monitoring for performance but the intent is to know what is being utilized and by how much. It can also look for anomalies which are anything outside the normal or different from the baseline.

Monitoring for anomalies can help you detect issues before they become a problem.

Cloud Monitor Alert Methods and Messages

An alert is a generated message when a specified criteria is met. Alerts usually contain what the issue is, the severity, time of the event, and possible resolution and steps to take.

Types of Monitoring Alerts:

  • Metric Alerts – Predetermined threshold
  • Activity or Event Alert – Triggers when a specified event occurs
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