When to Change Your Cloud Monitoring Strategies and Why

Date Posted: October 3, 2016

“What Cannot Be Monitored Cannot Be Managed”

This simple dictum reveals the actual problem that keeps IT enterprises from optimizing hybrid-cloud performance. Hybrid-cloud definitely enables enterprises to leverage the power of both public and private cloud but when system administrators are unaware of impending bottlenecks, it becomes difficult to avoid performance problems. You cannot really manage a virtualized hybrid-cloud infrastructure efficiently and effectively if it is not being monitored every single second. For instance, when your IT staff lacks visibility into virtualization issues, they spend hours manually drilling problems down to their root cause. Here are five scenarios when measuring cloud performance becomes mandatory to ensure better business outcomes:

    1. When Migrating Apps

    When applications are moved to the hybrid cloud, you may lose control over interoperability. An application drags if you aren’t always able to determine which data copies are to be stacked in-house and which ones need to be synchronously updated. Your IT team would also need end-to-end visibility into each and every data object that goes into running your virtual apps. Unlike legacy web apps that run on-premise and use render times to indicate database problems, applications that run on virtual infrastructures have thresholds set for several metrics across silos. This requires a network monitoring solution that can learn from your cloud infrastructure in real-time and eliminate false alarms that usually numb your IT team.

    2. When Processing Data

    There are several cloud service providers who are solely focused on consolidating data and generating comprehensive reports but if nobody is analyzing the data from the onset, examining it when a crisis hits can make it very difficult and time-consuming to get to the root cause. A network monitoring solution maps every relevant object and auto discovers impending capacity saturation to avoid resource contention storms that have the capacity to bring your business processes to a screeching halt.

    3. When Reconfiguring Things

    A cloud infrastructure is ever-evolving which includes reconfigurations that are difficult to control. When you move from a traditional datacenter to a virtualized hybrid-cloud infrastructure, you need to adapt to a new underlying infrastructure that is treated as an interconnected variable. This means that you need to monitor and manage the network, the storage, the hardware and the entire environment constantly to ensure that is runs according to the needs of your application and avoids undesirable consequences. Fortunately, a next-generation network monitoring tool is fully-equipped to track several disparate variables second-by-second so your system administrators know exactly what is causing performance issues and respond at the right time.

    4. When Auditing Data

    If you rely solely on the measurements provided by your cloud vendor then you are not auditing the multiple, disparate tiers of the IT infrastructure in context. This keeps you from exercising complete control over technical functions. Relying on a single source for actionable metrics is like trusting without validating. The best way to optimize application performance and enhance business agility is to employ a network monitoring tool that offers end-to-end visibility into everything.

    5. When Planning Capacity

    Vertical architectures are typically comprised of two to three tiers, which need precise capacity planning to ensure that the web, apps and database are allocated enough storage and compute resources. Today enterprises have started scaling horizontally, which requires radical changes to the traditional software development approach. This shift to an immutable infrastructure brings about drastic changes in the distributed architecture,which if not monitored and audited for compliance and security, can disrupt your organizational structure and adversely impact your IT operations.

Network Monitoring – The Key to Cloud Success

Discover threats before they disrupt your business processes and protect your virtual infrastructure from storms without employing agents with Xangati. Xangati’s infrastructure software-dashboard module comes with self-healing support for compute environments, storage and networking data sources. Designed to monitor the health of your virtualized hybrid-cloud infrastructure, it offers enhanced visibility into virtual applications and optimizes end-user experience with live insights into every single interaction taking place across silos. Combining data intelligence with real-time insights, Xangati ensures optimized capacity utilization for virtual applications thus ensuring better business outcomes.

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