DigitalOcean Releases Free-of-Charge Cloud Server Monitor

The monitor measures the performance of each droplet's CPU (central processing unit), its memory, disk utilization, disk reads and writes, network traffic and top processes.

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DigitalOcean, which specializes in providing cloud services for software developers, launched a free-of-charge monitoring service April 4 that provides insight into the resource utilization and operational health of every droplet, or cloud server.

The monitoring service measures the performance of each droplet's CPU (central processing unit), its memory, disk utilization, disk reads and writes, network traffic and top processes. Metrics are collected at one-minute intervals and the data is retained to enable users to view both up-to-the-minute and historical data. Developers can create alert policies and receive notifications by email or Slack when usage crosses a specified threshold.

Developers thus can collect and visualize metrics in graphs, monitor droplet performance and receive alerts in one intuitive interface, with no configuration required, DigitalOcean said.

"Our goal is to simplify the complexities of infrastructure by offering a simple and robust platform for developers to easily launch and scale their applications," CTO Julia Austin said. "A monitoring service is an important feature for developers, and we're thrilled to be able to offer it for free regardless of the number of droplets.

"In the coming year, we'll continue to move our monitoring service forward and introduce new capabilities for high availability, data storage, security and networking to manage larger production workloads."

Six-year-old DigitalOcean is a cloud platform company focused on simplifying the complexities of infrastructure for software developers. The company claims to be the second-largest and fastest-growing cloud computing platform in the total number of public facing apps and websites, according to Netcraft.com.

New York City-based DigitalOcean has raised $123 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Access Industries, IA Ventures, CrunchFund and Techstars. The company has data center regions throughout the world.

To read a tutorial on how to use monitoring, go here. For more information on the company, go here.

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