How do you monitor your cloud infrastructure?
Azure Monitoring Software and AWS CloudWatch are tools, which help to scan the entire infrastructure, gather and report on performance insights and takes actionable measures.
Microsoft Azure a growing collection of integrated cloud services is used by developers and IT professionals to build, deploy, and manage applications through a global network of datacenters.
It delivers on demand computing, network and storage resources to host, scale and manage Web applications and services, ensuring users focus on their key business goals and objectives rather than on the supporting IT Infrastructure. It is a great way to monitor, manage and optimize your IT infrastructure.
Azure Monitoring Software automatically scans the entire Azure Infrastructure, gathers and reports performance insights and takes actionable measures to optimize performance and mitigate issues. Some of the benefits are:
- Seamless Monitoring:
The Azure Monitoring software is an agent-less monitoring software that is quick to start and configure and only requires a simple authorization. It gathers and processes data from the entire Azure Infrastructure on a central dashboard. It can be stretched to monitor multiple virtual servers and virtual machine instances ensuring no performance gap goes unnoticed.
- Infrastructure Visibility:
The Azure Monitoring software provides system wide data about performance, processes, and issues along with visual charts and graphs to measure system performance against KPI’s. It also provides past infrastructure view to enable us to know how the system behaved that allows us to the root cause of the problem at hand.
- Instantaneous Notifications:
Azure Monitoring Software provides instant alerts and notifications about production and performance issues, via email, SMS and monitoring dashboards. The outcome is that IT infrastructure is up and running smoothly 24/7, as production and performance issues are resolved as they strike.
- Automatic Resolution:
The self-healing techniques in Azure Monitoring Software, can automate the resolution of performance and optimization issues. It triggers and implement automatic remedy process for problematic events by configuring management and recovery procedures.
- Cost Efficient:
It provides deep insight into the state and level of performance of each Azure resource. The subscription based flat monthly billing, rapidness of implementation and bulk of monitoring and automation features make it the best and most cost effective monitoring system of Azure Infrastructure.
AWS CloudWatch collects metrics from major AWS tools, including Amazon EC2 performance and loads, sends notifications via Amazon SNS, initiates action in response to different events on schedule-basis and also stores instance logs. Its architecture allows it to be used in conjunction with AWS Auto Scaling and AWS Lambda to initiate specific actions, if a metric (or multiple metrics) exceeds or drops below the average.
AWS CloudWatch metrics are unique and represent quantitative measurement (such as CPU Utilization percentage or number of VolumeReadOps), while CloudWatch dimensions describe the quality characteristics of an object that can be further described through metrics. Based on your Amazon Cloudwatch metrics, the EC2 instances can be added or removed using autoscaling.
The major benefits of AWS CloudWatch monitoring are:
- To ensure your website/cloud and app are always online.
- To ensure application security for customers using it.
- To monitor the resultant performance and cost of the application.
- To troubleshoot and recommend how to avoid existing errors in the future.
These are possible through the AWS CloudWatch Alarms, Events, Dashboards and logs.
CloudWatch performs actions on user-specified events, monitors a metric for a defined period of time and acts, when it achieves the specific value. These alarms are most commonly used to increase or decrease current instance capacity and user notifications. They can also be sent to Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and received as SMS or email messages.
Amazon EC2 instances that are unused or underutilized can be detected or shutdown using CloudWatch alarms.
Events in AWS CloudWatch consists of:
- Event – Generated by changes in the state of different AWS resources, by the conditions specified in the code, by AWS CloudTrail or triggered on a schedule basis.
- Targets – Represents the endpoints for Events, for example, AWS Lambda function, Amazon SNS topic, Amazon SQS queues, Amazon Kinesis Streams, etc.
- Rules – Describe in what way the Event will affect the target
When an event reaches a target, a rule is evoked.
Amazon CloudWatch gives a dashboard view of a combination of different statistics from other AWS services too. It consists of graphs combining different metrics on one dimension. Customizing the widgets within a dashboard gives you an overview of storage cost forecasts, workload, IOPS level, etc.
Logs are gathered and stored inside AWS cloud storage, where up to 5GB logs are free. They can also be gathered from other AWS resources such as EC2 instances, CloudTrail etc. and you can also decide how long you want them stored for thorough retention policies.
AWS CloudWatch is a perfect answer to track performance, estimate billing and automate tasks for other AWS services.
NetEnrich will help you through the various tough decisions you may need to take, to limit downtime and make the most of either an AWS or Azure investment, as quickly as possible.