The Top 21 Cloud Monitoring Tools for 2018 By Ben Putano
Let's do a visualization exercise. Imagine it's December 31, 2018, and you're ringing in the New Year with your friends and family. You think back on everything that you accomplished in the last year: your company's revenue is through the roof thanks to the success of your product, and you were promoted to Lead Developer. 2019 is poised to be an even bigger year for your company because you have the tools and insight to scale as quickly as demand requires. You're a happy human, and it's not just because of the bubbly in your glass.
Now how does one turn this visualization into reality? You start by setting yourself up with the right technology to succeed. Behind every great cloud app is a fleet of powerful cloud monitoring tools that provide insight and direction for improving your product. This is the ticket for turning 2018 into the year of your dreams.
Cloud monitoring is a broad category that includes web and cloud applications, infrastructure, networks, platform, application, and microservices. Some cloud monitoring tools do it all, from managing your cloud capacity to tracking your website speed. Other tools are more specialized, helping you track one vital component of your stack at a time.
You should determine the right set of tools by first looking at your needs and budget. If you're happy with the out-of-box monitoring tools from your cloud provider, then maybe you just want a product that helps you monitor application performance. Or maybe you're ready to upgrade to an enterprise-level monitoring solution. Whatever your needs, we have you covered with the following list.
We've compiled the top cloud monitoring tools for 2018. Some are full-stack enterprise solutions, and others are specialized tools for companies of all sizes. We tagged each tool to help you quickly find the product you need.
SMB (Small/Medium Size Business)
APM (Application Performance Monitoring)
SaaS (Monitoring tools like Office365 and Salesforce)
Infrastructure (Cloud, Virtual, and Physical)
Be sure to shop around before deciding on a cloud monitoring tool. Many of these services offer free trials and easy installation, so you can quickly test to see if it is right for you. When you do commit, do so wholeheartedly and get the most out of product. After all, tools are only as good as those who use them.
I'm ready for some champagne and a promotion. How about you? Begin your investigation below for the top cloud monitoring tools for 2018.
Running your web apps on Azure? Look no further than the suite of cloud monitoring tools from Microsoft. Microsoft gives you a full picture of your web app's performance by providing log analysis, application monitoring, and security alerts. The best part is that these tools are built into Azure, so you don't have to install any new software. Microsoft Cloud Monitoring is perfect for companies who want a simple solution for monitoring their Microsoft stack.
Exoprise helps businesses stay on top of their cloud apps, specifically Office 365, Skype, Slack, Yammer, Salesforce, and Box. They will monitor your entire Microsoft suite, troubleshoot, detect outages, and make sure your apps are up to SLA compliance. If you need a tool for tracking your cloud tools, ExoPrise might be right for you.
CA Technologies is an enterprise-level, full-stack monitoring and management solution for businesses with public, private, or hybrid clouds. They have tools to help you do everything from monitor user experiences on your web app, to securing and scaling your operations. If you're a big business looking for a trusted partner in cloud monitoring, check out CA.
Retrace is an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tool for apps built in .Net and Java. It combines app performance metrics, errors, logs, and monitoring all into one tool. Retrace is perfect for developers who want code-level insight into how their apps are performing. The affordable price point also makes it accessible to small and medium-sized businesses.
Hyperic provides monitoring for infrastructure, both physical and virtual, as well as monitoring for your OS, middleware, and web apps. Its dashboards and reporting features help ensure that you stay SLA-compliant and that you keep the right people in the loop. It's backed by one of the leading server virtualization companies in VMware, which in turn is owned by Dell.
AppNeta is a SaaS app and network monitoring tool that works across cloud platforms. AppNeta's Performance Manager gives you insight into resource usage, app delivery, and user experience. In 2017 it was given the highest rating for Network Performance Monitoring tools by Gartner.
New Relic's suite of tools help businesses big and small monitor their web apps, platform, and cloud infrastructure. New Relic Insights puts all of your data into one dashboard so you can quickly make decisions on how to improve your business. The APM will help you monitor the end-user experience on your app.
Rackspace Monitoring is an enterprise-grade monitoring tool for Rackspace OpenStack Cloud users. It offers comprehensive visibility, powerful event processing, and flexible notifications, all in an easy-to-setup package. Rackspace Cloud Monitoring comes free with an Openstack cloud account.
TrueSsight Pulse from BMC utilizes AIOps technology to monitor your web apps, ensuring a high-quality experience for your end-user. TrueSight integrates with Amazon CloudWatch and Azure Monitoring so you can better visualize data and set additional notifications. Its simple, single-line command line install makes it perfect for Azure and AWS developers who want better data visualization, fast.
SolarWinds has a tool called Virtualization Manager that makes predictive recommendations to improve the performance of your virtual environment. If you manage virtual infrastructure, you want to check this out. Virtualization Manager also helps with capacity planning and alerts you when things go wrong.
Amazon CloudWatch is a must-use tool if you're on AWS. CloudWatch lets you monitor application metrics, log files, and quickly react to changes in your AWS resources. The best part is you don't need to install any additional software.
Do you use SQL Server, .NET, or Azure? If so, Redgate is the perfect monitoring tool for you. Redgate specializes in these three areas, providing tons of services to help you make better apps. From SQL Monitor, to .NET Profilers, to their Azure migration services, they are a one-stop shop for Microsoft stacks.
Datadog is an infrastructure and app monitoring tool that easily integrates with hundreds of products from across the cloud ecosystem. Datadog "fetches" data from those integrated tools and pulls it into an easy-to-use dashboard. Datadog also has their own APM for monitoring user experience on your app. It provides brilliant visualizations for those who want to see how their cloud is performing.
AppRiver helps you monitor and maintain your web apps, specifically Office 365 and email services. AppRiver provides security, web protection, spam guards, and email encryption so your information is safe. AppRiver is perfect for companies who want to keep their communication web apps up-and-running without hassle.
PagerDuty is an incident reporting and management tool that helps enterprise teams stay on top of cloud maintenance. It integrates with all of your favorite tools, so you're constantly updated on your stack performance. PagerDuty is perfect for enterprise DevOps and IT teams who want to automate incident resolution and get their software running faster.
LogicMonitor is an enterprise IT solution that helps businesses monitor their entire stack of infrastructure, apps, and tools. They were named the Best Network Monitoring Tool in 2016 and 2017 by PC magazine.
Unigma is a management and monitoring tool for public clouds like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Office 365. It provides simple, beautiful dashboards and automated reporting so you can stay on top of your cloud performance. Unigma also helps you optimize your cloud costs and manage your billing if you're a reseller.
Prometheus is an open source tool used primarily for Docker monitoring. It allows you to slice and dice data into a number of different dimensions using its powerful query language. Then visualize that data with its built-in expression browser. If you're a Docker-using, open source junkie, you will absolutely love Prometheus.
Dynatrace is an industry-leading solution for monitoring business analytics, application performance, cloud containers, and infrastructure. They work with all the major cloud providers, application frameworks, and microservices. They also offer straightforward pricing, giving companies of all sizes a chance to use their product.
Google Stackdriver provides monitoring, logging, and logistics for apps on both Google Cloud and AWS. It provides full-stack insights and lets you aggregate all data across cloud platforms. Not surprisingly, it also comes with native integration into Google cloud products.
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Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning "Cloud Musings" blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a "Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand" by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post "Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter" (2013) and a "Top 50 Cloud Computing Blogger for IT Integrators" by CRN (2015). Mr. Jackson's professional career includes...
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Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a multi-faceted approach of strategy and enterprise business development. Andrew graduated from Loyola Un...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by FTC, CUI/DFARS, EU-GDPR and the underlying National Cybersecurity Framework suggest the need for a ...
In his general session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Demcsak, a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC, showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud native applications.
delaPlex is a global technology and software development solutions and consulting provider, deeply committed to helping companies drive growth, revenue and marketplace value. Since 2008, delaPlex's objective has been to be a trusted advisor to its clients. By redefining the outsourcing industry's business model, the innovative delaPlex Agile Business Framework brings an unmatched alliance of industry experts, across industries and functional skillsets, to clients anywhere around the world.
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?”
Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released their study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” in June 2015 that highlighted the staggering financial value that IoT could create! (See Figure 1.)
Our cities have been connected since the dawn of urbanization in the Indus Valley and on the plains of Mesopotamia nearly ten millennia ago. Cities exist to gather and connect people, bringing us together into communities and joint ventures that need complex networks of communication. But in recent years the connected city has come to mean something more. Today and in the future, the connected city will not just be about people connecting with people, but people with machines, people with people via machines, and perhaps most importantly, machines with machines.
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or personal computing needs.
Industry after industry is under siege as companies embrace digital transformation (DX) to disrupt existing business models and disintermediate their competitor’s customer relationships. But what do we mean by “Digital Transformation”? The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data architectures, hyper-converged technologies, artificial intelligence, blockchain) to enhance products, processes, and business-decision making with customer, ...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.