Cloud performance monitoring gains momentum in presence of hosted services

As companies use the cloud for a broader range of purposes, decision-makers are leveraging management tools that will inevitably lead to the use of advanced cloud monitoring solutions. By using these tools, companies of all sizes will be able to ensure the cloud operates efficiently enough to host a variety of advanced web-based applications. TechTarget recently highlighted how IT Monitoring as a Service (MaaS) is gaining momentum as executives throughout the private sector recognize the importance of watching cloud productivity and web application performance levels. This is becoming especially important as firms embrace strategies meant to improve software development and deployment endeavors by making organizations more agile. As small and large businesses implement sophisticated software, the need to manage the solutions grows. "If you don't [manage performance], cloud computing is going to be a disaster - you can't get around the need to monitor everything," said Bernd Harzog, analyst with The Virtualization Practice, according to TechTarget. "Vendors have made [traditional] monitoring software complex and difficult to use. [The] solution that's easier to implement is Monitoring as a Service." Why cloud monitoring is crucial As companies continue to use cloud services throughout the private sector, the need to effectively monitor data and application for both performance and security reasons increases. While a wide range of companies still use traditional monitoring tools, they can be expensive and take away from other mission-critical tasks, TechTarget noted. "We don't want to have to invest thousands of dollars into server hardware that's running monitoring systems, because that's taking the focus away from what our systems admins should be doing," IT expert John Webb told the news source. Instead, decision-makers often opt for the pay-as-you-go pricing model associated with cloud-based monitoring solutions. Because MaaS offerings are managed in the cloud, executives do not need to invest in costly hardware to leverage the solutions, reducing complexity and maintenance costs without jeopardizing the ability to acquire greater visibility into the network. Having the ability to use real-time monitoring tools is critical in today's fast-paced business world, in which complex corporate tasks are carried out within a matter of minutes. By planning ahead and finding the appropriate provider, decision-makers can leverage a monitoring service that provides insight into cloud health and overall performance metrics, making it easier to stay on pace and improve operations.

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