How Performance Monitoring in the Cloud Differs from Traditional Servers

| September 26, 2013

Performance Monitoring: Nothing New to Tech Support Professionals

Since the invention of the computer, there have been programs designed to monitor how well a device is functioning, where it needs work, and where potential dangers lurk. Performance monitoring is a regular part of life for IT teams and Chief Information Officers. It is one of the first systems set up when any company installs their in-house servers, because it is the best line of defense for keeping the entire system running smoothly.

With the rise of cloud computing technology, the technical world is seeing major changes in performance monitoring—both within the cloud and with cloud-based programs in traditional servers.

How is Performance Monitoring in the Cloud Different from a Traditional Server?

The most prominent difference is that there are various kinds of cloud servers, as opposed to one or two different types of traditional servers. Each kind of cloud server requires a different monitoring plan, and unique programs that have been tailored for that particular kind of cloud server. For example, a private cloud that stores personal data for a large group of people requires different monitoring than a public cloud, where users can store and share media.

New Aspects of Performance Monitoring in the Cloud

Two new monitoring actions are required for all cloud performance monitoring. Both are developed from existing monitoring processes, but structured to fit the new cloud computing era. These actions can be performed by network management, a Chief Information Officer, or an IT services provider.

The first is infrastructure performance monitoring. This type of monitoring provides cloud managers with an itemized performance summary that includes each sector of the cloud itself, from virtual machine reports to storage summaries and network traffic logs. It tests the entire cloud, from basic set-up to additional applications running within the system, and delivers the findings in one user-friendly report.

The second is application performance monitoring, which is used to create a more in-depth report of application functions than what is provided with infrastructure monitoring. It monitors traffic with applications, application downloads, and whatever network resources are used to run the applications within a particular cloud.

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