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Workload Visibility is Most Important in the Cloud

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Workload Visibility is Most Important in the Cloud

Written By Steven Hunt, Product Strategy Principal, SolarWinds

For many companies, the path to the cloud can be a difficult one. In "Key Considerations for Moving Applications to the Public Cloud," I highlighted important aspects one should evaluate when transitioning to the cloud. Public cloud and other third-party vendors have slowly begun to offer solutions and services to help make this transition less difficult by doing more of the hard work for you. Most vendors have also realized that many companies will continue to operate in a hybrid IT environment, where some workloads will be hosted in the cloud and some will continue to be hosted on-premises.

Microsoft Loves the Cloud

Microsoft® has embraced this more than any other company, which is no surprise given their longstanding foothold in the traditional data center. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, has made it abundantly clear that cloud computing is the future of both IT and Microsoft. The path to moving your virtual machines to Microsoft Azure® has been carefully laid out with things like License Mobility Through Software Assurance and Azure Site Recovery. They have even provided a calculator to highlight the benefits of the hybrid use case. Microsoft wants to ensure the only thing stopping you from moving to the cloud is you.

Why Monitoring Is Important in the Cloud Conversation

However, determining and architecting where your workloads will run is only part of the equation. Solutions into the visibility of cloud-based workloads are extremely important for the ongoing monitoring of business-critical applications. For those who are fortunate enough to have all cloud-native application workloads, a solution like Microsoft Azure Monitor or Amazon® CloudWatchTM may give you everything you need. Reducing the complexity of a hybrid environment, however, requires a solution that can seamlessly give you visibility into the usage, availability, and performance of cloud- and non-cloud-based workloads.

How Monitoring Can Help

It is important to utilize the performance data you get from your existing monitoring solution and establish a baseline prior to migrating those workloads to the cloud. Doing so will allow you to model your potential cloud-based resource consumption, which is what will drive your cloud services costs. It will also help you understand any performance changes once those workloads have transitioned to a cloud services provider. The main problem arises when you have to adopt a new monitoring solution to gain the visibility required of ongoing monitoring of cloud- and non-cloud-based workloads. This creates additional costs-not only in licensing, but also in soft costs like resources and time spent learning and adopting a new tool.

When you have visibility into both your cloud- and non-cloud-based workloads in one solution, you simplify the tools you use, their associated costs, and ultimately make your life easier and a little saner.


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About the Author

Steven Hunt has been involved in the IT industry for more than a decade, focusing on server-based computing, desktop virtualization, end-user computing, and server virtualization solutions for SMB to enterprise environments. Currently, he is responsible for product strategy for the server and application monitoring and virtualization management product lines at SolarWinds.

Published Monday, July 10, 2017 8:26 AM by David Marshall
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