We all are aware that before cloud computing came into existence, we used to save all the data in the local servers or computers. Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of data storage (cloud storage) and often cloud systems are located in multiple locations, each location being a data center.
Cloud monitoring is the process of reviewing, monitoring, and managing a series that controls a cloud workflow. One can do manual or automated cloud monitoring. To understand how cloud monitoring works, we need to understand the tools it uses. The cloud-providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud etc. provide cloud service along with the service and most SMEs use this option as it comes along with the service. The other option is using independent tools delivered by a SaaS (software as a service) provider.
How does cloud monitoring work?
Virtual machine monitoring
Includes monitoring both the virtualization infrastructure and the individual virtual machines. Since many businesses depend on the availability of virtual servers, use of virtual machine monitoring tools is vital to ensure high uptime and peak performance of all the machines in the network.
Cloud storage monitoring –
Includes storage resources and monitoring the processes they supply to virtual machines, services, applications and databases. The processes should be robust enough to identify any unauthenticated access in the cloud storage and have the right kind of trigger notifications for the administrator.
Monitoring of the virtual network –
Includes resources, devices, connections and performance of the virtual network related with the digital environment. Link monitoring in a virtual network allows failover to be triggered when a physical link or group of physical links fails.
Benefits of Cloud Monitoring
Cloud monitoring ensures that there is no untoward intruder who gets into the cloud storage and starts stealing all the data which is crucial to the organization.
Ease of access to information –
If any data is placed on cloud, it is easily accessible to everyone who connects to the cloud. Since the data is not stored on a physical computer or server, it is easy to access.
Performance optimization –
The technology which powers clouds is much faster than data packets traveling in a physical server environment. Cloud monitoring delivers important metrics and data regarding cloud speed to optimize an organization’s website and applications,
Best Practices for Cloud Monitoring
Data security –
Security is critical in the cloud environment and hence gaining strict regulator over data at all endpoints helps to reduce risks. Solutions protect against data loss by scanning, analyzing, and taking action on data before it leaves the network. This in turn helps to avoid malware, Trojans, spyware and data breaches.
The cloud can have multiple performance issues from poorly designed APIs (application program interface). Use APIs that operate via objects instead of operations as there will be lesser individual API calls and less traffic. APIs with reliable designs and few data type restrictions ensure better performance.
Application workflow –
An application’s response time and supporting resources are important in understanding what exactly is deterring the performance. Following an application’s workflow helps the administrator to identify when and where delays occur.
Why choose Cloud Monitoring for your Business?
Cloud computing offers greater flexibility to the employees as they can access their documents and data whether they are off-site or at home.
Cost savings –
Since the company does not need to spend for the purchase of inventory such as infrastructure, servers, server monitoring tools, and data storage devices, there will be a good amount of cost saving in the IT budget.
Disaster recovery –
Cloud-based backup and restore solutions helps in BCP (business continuity process) at all times. Since physical data centers often do not back up data to save space, any kind of downtime can create a huge loss to the business if data is lost. Cloud computing always creates backups and it is easy to restore data in a cloud environment.
Cloud-based services are perfect for businesses with growing or changing bandwidth demands. The company can scale up or scale down operations, and cloud gives that flexibility.
Infraon can help you with complete solutions in software asset management which will have complete cloud computing and monitoring features. Whether you are an SME or a large corporation, our state-of-the art solutions will manage software asset lifecycle efficiently, from basic software review to licensing and managed solutions.