Can You Still Track App Performance in the Public Cloud?

    November 2, 2016

    By Tony  MacDonald

    Hybrid cloud environments offer increased possibilities for performance monitoring. At the same time, they can disguise overspending and resource inefficiency. Luckily, a proper analytics platform can optimize performance and spending at the same time.

    For all of the statistics thrown around about the cloud market’s growth — up by 16.5% since 2015 — the public cloud actually obscures many metrics that IT departments should have easily available. As is becoming more and more apparent, moving computing and storage load to the public cloud actually increases the difficulty of monitoring and analyzing performance.

    There are two primary reasons for this. First, cloud service providers hold access rights to their performance metrics and can choose to share or withhold as much information as they wish. In many cases, cloud service providers (especially newer companies) may not adequately track performance to begin with. Additionally, IT departments must track data coming from their own servers and the cloud service provider. If the organization's systems are not easily compatible with the cloud service provider, this could lead to difficulty and confusion.

    Tech leaders have proposed a number of solutions to increase performance monitoring capabilities. However, just like the public cloud before them, these solutions are far from free of their own hassles and weaknesses.

    Hybrid Cloud Environments: Solution? Or Part of the Problem?

    To increase performance transparency, more and more IT professionals are transitioning to a hybrid cloud environment that utilizes both private and public cloud servers. These environments are purported to offer easier access to the most important primary data while offloading less-frequently accessed data onto scalable public cloud servers.

    Unfortunately, successfully monitoring a hybrid cloud environment is not as easy as some claim. As we’ve said before, to thrive in this environment, IT professionals have to determine which applications should run in which environment, properly allocate resources in a dynamic fashion, and manage their cloud spend flexibly.

    According to Cloudyn Ltd.’s co-founder and chief technology officer Boris Goldberg, roughly 60% of cloud software servers are redundant or unnecessary. A hybrid cloud environment can contribute to wasteful storage spending by placing too much faith in the scalability of public cloud services. While these services are indeed scalable, companies typically require resource analytics to accurately adjust for need; otherwise, they tend to overspend.

    Organizations don’t just need high performance — they also need optimized spending. Some forms of performance monitoring can actually disguise wasteful spending in cloud environments by zeroing in on high performance while overlooking redundancy and inefficiency. For this reason, no hybrid cloud performance tracking platform is complete if it does not monitor resource usage and allow for spend optimization.

    Finding The Right Tools for the Job

    Performance monitoring software by itself isn’t sufficient: it needs to be accompanied by a resource use and spending analytics platform. That’s why we’ve incorporated a wide array of advanced analytics into our Vityl Suite. Our Vityl Business Dashboard merges performance metrics with business and reporting metrics to deliver a 360° view of an organization’s hybrid cloud environment. Our Vityl Monitor includes the TeamQuest CMIS (capacity management information system) so that organizations can identify the performance and efficiency of all private and public cloud servers.

    With these tools, organizations can transition to a hybrid cloud environment and effectively track application performance while doing so. In other words, organizations don’t have to choose between performance and cost-efficiency.