As the architecture developed by companies through cloud computing grows in relation to the number of users and transactions being carried out daily, its management becomes more complex and more distributed. Continuous cloud monitoring , traffic analysis and the behavior of the solutions used by the organization are crucial ingredients to ensure the quality of services and products offered by companies that adopt cloud computing as a strategic tool .

The importance of cloud monitoring

Monitoring a cloud computing infrastructure is not just about using basic networking tools and checking things like ping and response time. Current monitoring tools provide a very comprehensive approach.

As such, such tools have the potential to analyze network design, application, and data flow issues. They also perform root cause analysis and detect virtualization and operating system related issues.

Based on the information generated, the support, IT and management teams can make decisions at both critical and strategic moments. Data consolidation allows an excellent view of the structure used in the cloud and the life cycle of operations, always helping in the best decisions.

Critical monitoring points

By knowing the architecture of a solution hosted in the cloud, it is possible to define the areas considered strategic that must be constantly monitored. Let's look at some examples.

Network Infrastructure: We start with the fundamentals, the communication structure. Without it, chaos is formed and it is not possible to make operations viable. In this regard, it is important to have a complete design of the network to define what must be monitored, the priorities and procedures to be carried out in case of problems. Internet links (main and redundancy), routers and switches are some examples of assets to be monitored.

Hardware and software: at this point we have the servers and operating systems used as the main assets to be monitored. This entails checking availability, performance, response time and information such as installed versions and updates, etc.

Database: where all company information is stored, consequently, it has a critical value. Its unavailability causes great financial losses, so it is important to monitor its availability and the backup processes for this information.

Security: talking about information security involves practically all the areas that we are describing in this list, but the monitoring view applied here involves the risks of data theft and unavailability. In addition to the financial risk, the reputation of companies is put in check when security incidents occur.

Enterprise software: from here we have the operations of the company, both internally and externally. These are the applications used to serve customers and employees. In addition to monitoring all solutions applied on a daily basis, there are usually support teams to solve problems and answer users' questions.

This list should extend to other areas and assets. As mentioned earlier, understanding the architecture of the entire solution will be the starting point for creating the best monitoring strategy.

Monitoring features available in the cloud

Large cloud computing companies such as AWS, within their large set of resources, have tools integrated into the entire cloud computing structure provided to their customers. With it you can collect and check metrics, log files, set alarms and much more.

In addition, it is possible to use tools from AWS partner providers, such as Auto.Sky from Sky.One . Integrated into Amazon's structure, it allows you to leverage the control of the entire architecture used in the cloud in an optimized way and with the use of artificial intelligence, based on the best practices in the market.

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.