Learn about how to pick the right cloud monitoring tools.
- [Instructor] So let's talk about selecting the right cloud monitoring and operations tools. For many of you this is going to be your first step because it's the most fun. We want to play with technology, we want to basically move ourselves as quickly to picking the technology solution that we think is going to be right for us. A common question that I get at conferences when I speak is people come up to me and ask me, what is the best monitoring and management tool for me, for my cloud project, and I really can't answer that because I don't know anything about them. It's almost like a doctor making a diagnosis based on somebody standing in front of them in a conference room.
So you need to understand that you don't want to get ahead of yourself, you need to understand the requirements, and do your plan as we talked about in the previous videos but don't focus on this first. That's a common mistake. So tools are sexy fun stuff to deal with but we don't want to move there until we have a plan, until we understand the requirements. Consider the availability for the tool to meet the needs over time, not just currently. So look out five years. So where are you going to be in five years in terms of the cloud? Chances are you're going to have about 60 to 70 percent of your workload that's going to be on the cloud.
How are you going to manage those instances? What about governance? And what about the core requirements that are going to make our management monitoring capabilities unique in something we need to do? So tooling. Look at the features. Features rule. In other words, Amazon web services CLoudWatch had certain features and functions and Microsoft management tools, management monitoring tools had certain features and functions, Librato had certain features and functions and you need to basically figure out which ones are native to the tool and which ones are important to you.
Costs, again what do these things cost? And we can have open source tools that are free or some of these tools very expensive monitoring and analytics tools, you know, could run a 100,000 dollars to a million dollars a year. And then finally fit. So once we understand the requirements and we understand the features and functions and tools and what they have to offer how do they fit in our particular domain? In other words how do they fit in our particular problem set they way in which we define the requirements? Either there is a fit or not and typically if there's a fit we're still finding things and shortcomings from particular tools.
In fact a lot of this is about making trade-offs. You're not going to find a tool that's absolutely perfect for everything you need and by the way don't build your own tool. But you are going to find tools that are good fits, good enough fits for what you're looking to do. So again moving down our process, selecting the right cloud monitoring and operations tools step three, not step one and you need to focus on this in terms of doing the analysis, doing the testing, doing the validation, and doing the research in terms of picking the right tools to make sure you do the right thing.
- Cloud health, performance, security, and governance monitoring
- Cloud monitoring analytics
- Cloud monitoring costs
- AWS CloudWatch
- Librato CloudWatch
- Cloud Cruiser
- Microsoft cloud monitoring
- Rackspace cloud monitoring
- Creating a cloud monitoring and operations plan
- Defining cloud monitoring operations patterns