Cloud computing is seen by many to be the natural evolution of enterprise grade IT architecture. It offers clear benefits in the form of increased levels of service, and lower total cost of ownership.
However, there are several challenges faced by companies considering a move to the cloud. Firstly, it can be difficult to highlight business critical applications that are suitable candidates for a cloud migration. Each and every application should be analyzed, to uncover the actual business benefits of such a migration.
The second challenge, is that of making proper decisions about cloud resource allocation. Cloud platforms are highly scalable by their very nature. Ensuring that the business exploits this function to achieve the best ROI is essential. The danger is that the company fails to release cloud resources when they are no longer needed. This is entirely contrary to the drivers of cloud adoption.
In the case of hybrid cloud solutions, a further challenge is faced. It is intrinsically difficult to effectively monitor an application that runs across a hybrid transport layer. These composite applications use resources across multiple infrastructure elements, which are hard to monitor in a unified manner.
How Cloud Monitoring Can Help
By investing in the deployment of a comprehensive cloud monitoring platform, most of the challenges outlined above are addressed. The platform will be capable of monitoring both cloud and legacy infrastructure. With regard to the first challenge, that of deciding which applications are cloud ready, results gained from monitoring could form the backbone of a usage case study. Ultimately proving whether an application running upon monolithic infrastructure is a good cloud candidate.
The challenge of proper, dynamic resource allocation is also easy to overcome if a full monitoring platform is in place. Real-time monitoring, allows the business to receive a 360-degree view of its resource usage. This data can be used to tune resource budgets, and ultimately, lower cost of ownership.
When it comes to managing hybrid cloud applications, a fully functional monitoring platform is the only workable way to solve this problem. The only other option is to manually collate disconnected sources of both cloud and legacy performance data. This of course, is a time consuming task.
Further Benefits of Cloud Monitoring
In the sections above, we introduced several challenges that companies face when moving to the cloud, and how monitoring can overcome them. However, a full cloud monitoring platform brings many other benefits, including:
- Greater levels of application and network security
- Simpler implementation of business continuity plans, and the ability to begin proactively tackling risk mitigation
- The ability to reach and maintain peak application performance
- Improved service availability due to more rapid reporting of issues, leading to faster resolution
These are just a handful of the additional benefits that deploying a fully featured cloud monitoring platform can deliver. Cloud computing is a technology that can deliver some huge benefits to the enterprise. However, without investing in the technology to properly monitor cloud infrastructure alongside legacy hardware in a single platform, organizations might fail to achieve peak performance and ROI.
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