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Andre Yee

Tools for Cloud Application Monitoring

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My last post covered the some challenges related to monitoring cloud applications. However, at the time, I offered no suggestions regarding tools that might help alleviate those problems.

In this blog post, I'd like to draw attention to a couple of lesser-known tools that provide help in profiling performance of cloud applications. The first comes from a company called New Relic (an uninspiring name for an otherwise really good product). Besides the typical availability monitoring that you can get from many tools, New Relic gives you the ability to profile and monitor cloud application performance through non-intrusive instrumentation of the application stack.

The big challenge in application monitoring has always been the difficulty of instrumenting an existing application. Sure, it's always nice to instrument as you build the application. But speaking from experience (I've spent years in systems management), it's not always realistic.

New Relic makes it easy because the company has automated a non-intrusive method for instrumenting web application code. You can profile performance and zero in on problem areas. You can build a performance profile of specific end-users and get a feel for performance challenges depending on where the user is geographically located.

Another tool to consider for cloud application monitoring is from Aternity. Aternity, which was recently positioned as one of the visionary vendors in Gartner's application monitoring Magic Quadrant, specializes in monitoring end user experience. In this brave new world of cloud applications running over a public network, the only true measure of performance is what the user experiences. That is becoming especially true with the emergence of more applications utilizing RIA clients, where more processing occurs on the client side. Aternity takes a comprehensive view toward end user service level management, measuring three components: application performance, device performance and end user productivity.

Both these tools are relatively unknown but play a vital role in an emerging need - managing and monitoring cloud applications. You might want to check them out.


Andre Yee blogs about cloud computing, SaaS, Web 2.0 and other emerging technologies that matter to businesses.

Andre Yee

Andre Yee is an entrepreneur and technologist with nearly 20 years of experience in the business of technology.

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