It is important to learn how to monitor your environment properly to get the most out of your cloud investment. It is more important now than ever to exercise proper monitoring as more customers transition and place their valuable data in the cloud.
By monitoring your environment, you can enhance the overall productivity of your cloud and prepare for future events to keep your cloud running smoothly. Monitoring your cloud environment acts as a warning system to let you know how to adjust your environment to accommodate your needs or when its time to add more CPU. In addition, monitoring helps you prepare for future events using predictive real-time analytics. This was reflected in a 2012 study that found 43 percent of business intelligence officials have already implemented these real-time analytics.
Tracking your cloud ensures that its configuration adequately supports each application and servers unique needs. Effective monitoring tools help you identify, measure and assess issues that arise and alert you before they become major problems. It works with security solution as a check and balance system to maintain stability.
Many cloud users purchase Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to defer responsibility of their hardware to a service provider. What they dont realize is they are responsible for monitoring a portion of their cloud environment until something goes wrong. Familiarizing yourself with your purchase contract can avoid a potential catastrophe for you and your customers.
There are several ways to adopt cloud intelligence and analytics into your cloud environment. The most simplistic method of attaining these tools is to purchase a system that comes standard with a monitoring interface. By purchasing an integrated monitoring interface, you are assured that the system will work seamlessly with your purchased environment.
A second way that you can get a monitoring interface for your cloud environment is to outsource it to a third-party vendor. This system then needs to be integrated with existing infrastructure and software in order to produce the statistics necessary for thorough environment management. Though this method of obtaining a monitoring platform may be more cost-effective on the surface, it might not integrate easily with your infrastructure and software, adding to the cost.
When searching for a cloud intelligence and analytics system, there are several requirements to keep in mind. An efficient system should:
- Have a single log on so you can see everything at once
- Show a high-level view of your environment so you get vital statistics at a glance
- Give a low-level view of your cloud so you can see which particular pieces of your environment need attention
- Be intuitive to use
- Give your end users business transaction visibility
- Be dynamic, virtual and elastic in an environment that is constantly changing
In the future, cloud intelligence and analytics will continue to develop as a predictive tool, something that is only just becoming available because the processing and big data support is available in the cloud. Predictive analytics will be used in the future to help detect fraud, manage production systems, acquire customers, manage campaigns and assist sales teams. Several bonuses to adopting predictive analytics are:
- Decreased time to value
- Data access
As it stands today, companies have been using it as a descriptive and prescriptive tool that helps them understand what their cloud environment is doing and what might be a good solution for them. Moving to a predictive tool phase helps companies assess what a viable futuristic solution looks like for them holistically based on past and current trends.
Pre-built analytics tools will take advantage of industry best practices and leverage industry standards to produce a top-of-the-line solution for adopters. This solution will provide a portfolio of reports, dashboards and industry-based key performance indicators (KPIs) that can be configured and customized for each customer. This will reduce cost, lower investment risk and make information more accessible.
Cloud intelligence and analytics have thus far served cloud providers as an informative tool to deliver a snapshot of the cloud environment and only recently as a gauge for what may come in the future. Progressing forward, it will begin to serve as a beacon for what is to come and provide valuable and accurate solutions for combating a changing environment.
Though a monitoring platform is easy to purchase, integration with legacy infrastructure and software may be an issue with implementation. Nevertheless, it is vital to you, your customers and your cloud environment that you properly invest time, capital and resources to provide a wide-reaching cloud environment that is fully-supportive of its software applications and servers to attain the best possible end-user experience.