What are the basics of application and server monitoring in the cloud?

When you provide data services to clients or your workforce via the cloud, server monitoring is critical to improving your operations. By using independent third-party agents like NetFlow Analyzer, Pingdom and HostTracker, cloud service providers ensure their servers and network are optimized and ready to meet fluctuating user demands.

From Basic to Advanced Monitoring
Pinging a server or other networked equipment is a basic operation that sends a set amount of dummy data to the target device. When the data comes back, the ping records how long the entire process took, which gives you a pretty clear indication of the communication rate between different computers on your network or between public networks.

Although server pings and other similar command line tools can easily be used to monitor cloud servers, they are not nearly enough for critical business networks. If you only perform application server monitoring procedures from one location, you will never know how well your network performs for people who are not using the same local computer that you are using for the test.

Basic tools make it hard to troubleshoot the networks that are supposed to be helping your remote users. Third-party monitoring, on the other hand, allows firms to spread their testing out and gather global performance information. It ensures that the resultant test data is more accurate and reflective of real-life issues.

Implementing Monitoring on Your Cloud Servers
There are a number of inexpensive alert sites that will provide you with geographically diverse performance data for only a few dollars each month. It is also important, however, that you choose a cloud provider with extensive, competent technical support. That way, you can set up a network that supports advanced monitoring and regular performance statistics reporting. Knowing how your network responds to requests from an internal perspective is just as important as understanding how things look from the outside.

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