Infrastructure monitoring may sound slightly complex to you, if you have never before used cloud-based services, or you haven’t heard of deployed IT architecture. To familiarize you with what monitoring means to your business, we shall first clarify what sort of environments you will be monitoring in this context.
Breaking Down Cloud-Computing
Cloud-computing is a powerful realm in the IT world, for the fast and efficient provision of applications and cloud resources to companies and their end-users, in the form of data. Whether you have turned to cloud-based services for hosting your software (Software-as-a-Service, SaaS), your platform (Platform-as-a-Service, PaaS), your desktop (Desktop-as-a-Service, DaaS), or else- you will have adopted some form of transitioning of your applications to the cloud servers. We have already discussed in previous blog posts that there are various types of cloud solutions, capturing and processing your data over a private, public or a hybrid cloud. IT-Fabrik has the most advanced cloud architecture in place, deploying all of your data on an end-to-end encrypted process over to a private cloud server.
Why Should You?
Moving some or all of your data to the servers of a cloud provider ultimately means that you can expect a highly efficient on-demand service, vast scalability of your deployed environment and a very broad network access. All this means that owning your own hardware and software is no longer needed, if these are provisioned to you on a subscription basis, in a faster and better cost-effective alternative, which is the cloud.
Now, Let’s Talk About Infrastructure Monitoring
Once that we’ve clarified the importance of cloud-computing and what it means to lease your services to a third-party provider, we need to look at ways of monitoring the performance of the cloud services to ensure all of these indicators are met. To improve the visibility gaps of cloud-hosted services and the respective cloud infrastructures providing them, you need effective monitoring of these large environments. The people who are usually in charge of these processes are system administrators. They are basically the ones who monitor your hosted service (such as DaaS, provided by IT-Fabrik), and they make sure that they are one step ahead of any emerging defects or particular patterns that may cause issues down the line.
How It’s Done?
There are various monitoring tools which are available to cloud providers, helping our teams to closely look after your cloud-based resources. These let us look at your metrics and track them by using set alarms and notifications, storing your log files and generating graphs and statistics. We’ve listed only several examples of several practices that we have in place, which help us monitor your deployed infrastructure and observe how it reacts to the changes.
Why Is This Useful?
Using monitoring tools is of critical importance to having a good cloud management strategy in place. Before you migrate your data to the cloud, you should make sure that your cloud provider has the most advanced tools to keep an eye on the performance and the health of your infrastructure. This ensures the smooth running of your applications, such as the ones provided in your desktop environment, and the further optimization of your operations.
If We Dig Down A Bit Deeper…
We use infrastructure monitoring to have an all-inclusive view of your entire hosted server architecture. We do that to remove any blind spots in your performance overview and to roll out any entity that may slow down or reduce the performance of your service. Your server metrics are measured 24/7 and we are always there to find potential outliers, causing issues, which have started or ones that are about to start.
Infrastructure monitoring allows you to have advanced observability over your cloud environment. Being proactive to any changes that may occur with your resource deployment and adapting to these changes fast and effectively allows you to have the trust in your cloud services provider that you need.