Google Announces Beta Availability of Cloud Monitoring Services
The cloud application monitoring services are designed to help enterprises keep an eye on application workloads and services running on Google Cloud Platform.Last May, Google announced that it would work with Stackdriver to integrate the latter's cloud application monitoring functionality into the Google Cloud Platform. Since then, Google has been integrating and testing the service with select alpha users. Starting this week, all users of Google's Cloud Platform will finally have access to the service. On Jan. 13, Google announced beta availability of Google Cloud Monitoring for its cloud platform. Enterprises running in Google's cloud environment can tap Cloud Monitoring to keep an eye on performance, capacity and uptime of Google Apps Engine, Compute Engine and Cloud SQL. At some point, yet unannounced, Google will make the service available to Amazon Web Services, as well. Cloud Monitoring introduces an important new capability to the Google cloud environment. As Google Product Manager Dan Belcher noted in a blog post Jan. 13, "Cloud Monitoring streamlines operations by unifying infrastructure monitoring, system/OS monitoring, service/uptime monitoring, charting and alerting into a simple and powerful hosted service." Put another way, Cloud Monitoring lets enterprises keep an eye on usage, uptime, performance and overall health of applications and services running in the Google Cloud. With it, businesses will be able to gather and monitor metrics related to capacity and utilization of Cloud Platform services, and test the continued availability and functionality of Web servers and other key cloud resources and troubleshoot latency issues, error rates and balancing issues, Belcher said.
"The Cloud Monitoring Console provides a high-level overview of the health and key metrics for your environment," he wrote. Google's official description depicts it as a service that companies can use to create custom dashboards with performance metrics on Google Cloud Platform services, VM instances and open-source components such as MongoDB, Apache, Elasticsearch and Nginx.