Flying Blind into the Cloud, Part 4

March 21st, 2013 by

Last week we released a brand new whitepaper featuring Q&A by Gartner analyst and Managing VP, John Enck, and our CTO, Antonio Piraino. Here is the fourth, and final, blog post in our series around their discussion of “Day 2 Management”.

What are the pitfalls and impediments to be concerned about when moving to the cloud?

Antonio PirainoAntonio Piraino: We continue to hear over and over, as people have moved to the cloud, the things they worry about the most are simplicity, control, cost, and security. Even though we keep hearing about cultural change and acceptance internally, even on an ongoing basis, the three big ones are really around: don’t create more work for me, continue to make this simple for me going forward as I keep operating in that cloud environment and  moving things there.

Demand that your service provider make things visible to you so you can understand how everything is operating. Make sure that you have the tools in place that will give you all of that visibility.

It’s easy today, and it’s something ScienceLogic does very well over a single code base; giving you that visibility and control that you deem necessary from your service provider if they’re not giving it to you.

What does Gartner recommend for monitoring the performance of applications in private clouds?

John EnckJohn Enck: Enck says most of your existing investments and tools aren’t going to work. Most of the tools that you have in place to do monitoring of your existing infrastructure won’t extend into the cloud.

Most cloud monitoring providers do provide monitoring tools. However, you can’t rely on those as your sole source of monitoring. You really need to invest in additional tools that are cloud-specific and able to drill into the cloud and use all the APIs and all the interfaces that are available. Look for a tool that is going to give you the depth of monitoring and a level of visibility that you need to make sure that your applications are functioning well. You want something that really meets the needs of what it is that you’re looking to monitor.

What is the number one need for enterprises and service providers as they move to the cloud?

Antonio PirainoAntonio Piraino: One thing for sure is that we’re finding internal enterprise IT departments are acting more and more like service providers themselves with the same responsibilities for the top line and the bottom line. Yet at the same time, we realize that there’s this great fluidity that’s come to being with cloud computing today. Your applications and workloads can find themselves in any given environment – on-premise, off-premise, physical, or virtual – and there is a massive need to manage all of those things.

Here at ScienceLogic, we’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done building a brand new, unified code base, which means you don’t have to pull bits and pieces of different code together in order to get a holistic view of
this very flexible and fluid environment. It gives all your constituents the ability to be far more collaborative, far more agile, in deploying these services at the end of the day, and all through one, unified space that really adds
validity to what you’re trying to accomplish with your business services.

Read Part 1 of our series.
Read Part 2 of our series.
Read Part 3 of our series.

Download the full whitepaper

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