By Ethan Culler-Mayeno, Integration Engineer
“A cloud is made of billows upon billows upon billows that look like clouds. As you come closer to a cloud you don’t get something smooth, but irregularities at a smaller scale.”
The cloud, as seen by the end user, is a wondrous tool full of seamless functionality and performance limited only by their internet connection. The truth is, the “water particles” which make up these clouds are machines. And machines fail. Through the use of cloud providers like Amazon’s EC2, Rackspace and others, we get to add a layer of abstraction between the machines and ourselves and share in the wonder of end users.
There’s a catch: Adding layers of abstraction creates complexity, and complexity increases the potential for problems. In addition, while you no longer need to worry about the state of the physical machine, if your cloud instance runs out of CPU, memory, or disk space, your application will take a hit. So, whether shipping hand-built servers to data centers across the globe or spinning up new machines from a cloud provider, the need for management and monitoring is paramount. But fear not! Now, thanks to LogicMonitor’s hosted, full stack, datacenter monitoring being integrated with RightScale’s cloud computing management, you can have your RightScale managed hosts automatically added into your LogicMonitor portal! The next time a huge surge of traffic forces you to spin up a few hosts, monitoring them is taken care of.
Between the cloud management services provided by RightScale and the full stack, SaaS-based data center monitoring provided by LogicMonitor, you can know exactly what’s happening with your devices, both physical and… nebulous.
Steve Francis is an employee at LogicMonitor.
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