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Mo’ Monitoring, Mo’ Problems

For someone who writes a lot about technology, I am still a Luddite of sorts (Pokemon Go? No thank you. I’ve lost enough of my actual possessions inside my house without adding imaginary floating orb things). So when I read that hybrid cloud spending is on the rise this year, I was surprised when I saw how many huge enterprises are publicly talking about how they’re using cloud for an increasing number of their services. We’ve come a long way from the days that cloud was a place to dabble, and certainly wasn’t appropriate for important data or critical apps. I was almost convinced that the server huggers would win, and those big global stalwarts would keep IT on-premises forever—but not so.

When Coca-Cola and GE shut down physical data centers, it’s a pretty clear sign that individual companies have overcome security or control worries and are really investing in off-premises IT. Selling off physical data centers means that cloud computing services are here for the long haul, and when we’re at that point, the IT landscape has truly changed.

The physical data centers in the U.S. and the world may be consolidating into fewer, larger locations, with cloud providers now running the giant data center. Each step of a cloud-powered user transaction can easily be served up from a different server in a far-flung location. And of course, what’s very cool is that the technology behind all these transactions works so seamlessly that most of the time, we don’t notice it at all. IT teams using hybrid cloud don’t have to worry about every detail of an application or network like they used to. The data center maintenance is totally off their plates now, and that’s a great thing. They don’t have to keep track of each step or piece of a process—not that they could, with the complexity that comes with a distributed environment.

Paying Attention to the Right Details

But IT does actually need to know how things are going when many of their systems are part of a hybrid cloud deployment. Distributed computing has a lot of benefits, but monitoring a distributed environment can get very complicated. And while there can be many components working together from various cloud instances to complete a process or user request, there shouldn’t be multiple monitoring tools. The legacy stack monitoring tool of the pre-cloud data center won’t bring IT a seamless picture of what’s working well and what’s slowing things down. And adding a separate point solution for monitoring the network isn’t going to simplify things. Plus, managing monitoring tools isn’t exactly an efficient way to spend the time saved by using cloud computing

AppNeta’s smart monitoring technology works for hybrid cloud environments, of course, and it’s designed for scale. Prescriptive, proactive monitoring is what’s needed to monitor the entire breadth of a hybrid cloud deployment. And proactivity is the new key to performance monitoring in the cloud age. IT teams can get ahead of any problems throughout the myriad of components involved in a cloud deployment with modern monitoring tools like AppNeta’s.

Hybrid cloud should be hands-off, but there might be many invisible things going on in your hybrid cloud that you don’t see. Let a good monitoring tool fit into that puzzle.

Are you monitoring your hybrid cloud deployment? How? Let us know in the comments below.

Christine Cignoli: Christine Cignoli is a technology writer based in Boston. She's written about storage, data center infrastructure, virtualization and enterprise apps for more than ten years, and has a master's in publishing and writing from Emerson College.