Whether you like it or not, cloud services are quickly becoming one of the next great wave in IT operations. Keeping an eye on all of your cloud activity via a cloud monitoring software or service is something you definitely will want to consider to keep your IT operations in tip top shape. In your search for a cloud monitoring tool however it can be easy to get lost in a lot of the fluff with the abundance of software out on the market today. You’ll want to find an IT Hybrid management software that can monitor and manage your Data Center with solutions like Nagios or Zenoss while managing your cloud services using Amazon Cloud watch and bring all this heterogeneous information in a single dashboard. In today’s piece, we take a look at some of the most important features to consider as you make your investment in your software of the future.
As previously mentioned, event correlation is a feature that should carry over to your cloud monitoring software from your more traditional network and other enterprise monitoring tools. For the sheer number of events flooding your cloud services, an event correlation feature can identify the potential harmful sequencing in events and neutralize any attacks as they happen in close to real time. By tracking some events such as error log messages, interface alerts and targeted device responses, you can conduct big data analysis and ensure your IT department is running to at its full capacity and efficiency. Your IT operations team has only so many resources that can be dedicated to cloud monitoring, so an event correlation feature will not only help from a security and efficiency standpoint, but from a staffing standpoint as well.
Combining commercial monitoring software such as Nagios, Zenoss and the very popular Amazon CloudWatch is another feature that you will want to strongly consider in your search for the best cloud monitoring tool for your company’s needs. If your new tool can integrate with any of the aforementioned services, it will make for an easy transition when integrating the outside services into your daily workflow. Having the option of consolidating network performance events in coordination with any of the aforementioned commercial services can really set a software apart, especially if cloud is a technology your company plans to use heavily in the future. Again, this will all circle back to some big data analysis, which as of late is the name of the game!
From notification text messages to emails, alerts are a part of IT operations that cannot be replaced. Your cloud monitoring solution should be no different, and offer a feature that sends out alerts in real time when any issues arise that need your attention. From low bandwidth to incoming security threats, an alert system is a feature that shouldn’t be overlooked and can prove to pay for itself over and over.
Whether or not you decide to go with a particular software of any kind often comes down to how the software integrates with your other suite of software and tools you use on a daily basis, as well as if it is one your team can pickup and use quickly. Your cloud monitoring solution should be no different. With that said, downloading a free trial version of a software before purchasing can be a critical step in ensuring you choose the right tool for your company’s needs. We would recommend to not only try the software on your main desktops, but also any tablets or mobile devices that you and your team plan to use as you become comfortable with the software.