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Cloud Monitoring Tools Blog
August 01, 2018
By Blue Pi
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Most enterprises nowadays adopt a cloud-first business strategy to avoid building and maintaining premise IT infrastructure. They can even avail the required cloud migration services through a number of cloud computing delivery and deployment models. But no enterprise can leverage the cloud technologies fully without implementing an elaborate cloud performance monitoring strategy. They even need to use robust cloud performance monitoring tools to monitor the performance of cloud services, resolve performance issues on time, and evaluate user experience. The enterprises even have the option to choose from a number of robust cloud performance monitoring tools.

Overview of 7 Robust Cloud Performance Monitoring Tools and Services

    1) Amazon Cloudwatch

The performance monitoring service enables enterprises to monitor the performance of both AWS resources and the applications running on AWS. An enterprise can use Amazon Cloudwatch to monitor a variety of AWS resources – DynamoDB tables, EC2 instances, and RDS DB instances. Likewise, they can use Cloudwatch to monitor the performance of various applications and services based on the metrics and log files generated by them. Cloudwatch even allows users to set alarms and react to AWS resource changes automatically.

    2) Microsoft Cloud Monitoring

Microsoft enables enterprises to monitor the performance of their resources and applications deployed in Azure by providing a set of services. The users can leverage Microsoft Cloud Monitoring services to understand and monitor individual components of their applications based on real-time data. The performance monitoring services further help businesses to improve uptime by detecting and fixing critical cloud performance issues on time. The administrators can even use specific Azure services to monitor deep application, deep infrastructure, and core services.

    3) AppDynamics

The application performance monitoring tool provided by AppDynamics helps users to monitor the performance of applications based on dynamic baselining, code-level diagnostics, and application mapping. The enterprises can even leverage the solution to discover, visualize, and map the entire customer journey without monitoring the performance of individual applications and services. AppDynamics further helps developers to monitor the performance of a variety of applications and services by supporting commonly used web technologies and programming languages. The software backed by Cisco even provides a specialized tool to monitor business performance, infrastructure, and end-user experience.

    4) Retrace

The application performance monitoring tool developed by Stackify helps developers to monitor and improve the performance of Java and .NET applications throughout the software development lifecycle. While building applications in AWS or Azure, the developers can take advantage of Retrace to improve code quality, find bugs in the application, monitor app deployment, and troubleshoot production problems. At the same time, Retrace provides tools for code profiling, error tracking, app performance monitoring, and centralized logging. The developers even have the option to use the tools to evaluate the performance of applications by generating elaborate application logs.

    5) DataDog

DataDog is designed as a performance monitoring service for cloud-scale applications. The licensed performance monitoring tool enables users to visualize apps and stacks of varying types and scales. DataDog makes it easier for users to visualize and monitor applications, services, and stacks by aggregating cloud delivery models, automated monitoring tools, performance evaluation metrics, and database components. At the same time, it makes it easier for developers to troubleshoot and improve the performance of applications by visualizing them end to end. The real-time interactive dashboards provided by DataDog even help developers to understand and assess the performance of applications based on varying metrics.

    6) SteelCentral Aternity

The tools provided by SteelCentral Aternity enable developers to monitor the performance of both conventional and cloud-delivered applications. Unlike domain-specific performance monitoring tools, SteelCentral Aternity helps developers to assess the user experience delivered by individual applications by interacting with the applications, devices, and networks. It even helps users to monitor user experience based on real-time data and various metrics. The developers can further use Aternity to monitor the performance of web applications and mobile apps developed using varied technologies. They even have the option to deploy Aternity either on-premise or in the cloud.

    7) AppRiver

The cloud-based solutions provided by AppRiver help enterprises to monitor and assess the security of their emails and web applications. The businesses can avail the web protection solution provided by AppRiver to protect their network from the security threats caused by malicious and compromised websites. At the same time, AppRiver provides specialized solutions for advanced email security, secured hosted exchange, email continuity and archiving, email encryption, Microsoft 365 and Office 365. In addition to preventing a variety of targeted security attacks, AppRiver helps enterprises to enable their employees to work with cloud-based emails and Office apps securely.

On the whole, an enterprise has the option to choose from a wide range of cloud performance monitoring tools. But they must remember that the cloud performance monitoring tools differ from each other in a number of aspects – features, tools, usability, configuration, licensing, and maintenance. Hence, enterprises must compare the pros and cons of these tools to optimize cloud performance monitoring.

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