By Paul Moxon, Senior Director, Product & Solutions Marketing
Understand your cloud vendor’s monitoring capabilities and tools
Whether their applications are housed on-premise or in the cloud, every organization needs to monitor how well their applications are running and recognize — ideally before the application’s users — when something has gone wrong.
Fortunately, most cloud-application hosts offer all the monitoring tools you’ve come to expect from your on-premise data center, allowing you to monitor your application instances using predefined and user-defined alerts.
For example, you could have an alert trigger if a threshold is breached for a specified period of time. The alert could be a simple email or text message to a system administrator, but it could also trigger an action (e.g., start up new application instances) or run a script (e.g., remap an elastic IP address to another application instance) to automatically rectify the problem.
Again, these tools are almost certainly available from most cloud-application hosts. It’s critical that you make sure your IT department understands how to interpret and act on the information the tools provide.
In summary, it’s important to keep top-of-mind that cloud applications are just as apt to fail as on-premise applications. However, most cloud-application hosts deliver features that enable you to design and build secure, scalable, and resilient applications that will meet your organization’s availability needs. By integrating the above four recommendations into their strategy, your IT department can minimize the impact of outages on your organization – instead of learning that lesson the hard way – and maximize the potential of its cloud-based offerings.
The tools and safeguards are available. You just have to make sure you use them.