A Bit of Spring Cleaning for Stackdriver 

We are happy to announce several important enhancements to your Stackdriver service. New Support Team and Email Front-line support for Stackdriver is now provided by the Google Cloud Support Team.  The goal of this transition is to decrease the time it takes for you to get the help that you need.   Moving forward, please send […]

Stackdriver Now Supports AWS Kinesis 

Kinesis Alert Configuration

You can now use Stackdriver to monitor your AWS Kinesis streams. Stackdriver automatically discovers your Kinesis resources, collects Kinesis metrics from CloudWatch, and includes rich service and stream-level dashboards with no configuration.   You can configure alerting policies to notify you if Kinesis metrics cross a specified threshold. You can also integrate Kinesis metrics into […]

Using Resource Groups to Monitor Large Environments with Stackdriver 

Use X-Ray Mode on Group Dashboards with Many Members

As your AWS infrastructure becomes more complex, so too does the task of monitoring the environment. In this post, I will highlight three ways that you can use resource groups to get the most out of Stackdriver’s dashboards and alerting capabilities as you scale. 1. Define Your Topology Resource groups are the primary organizing concept within the […]

New Features: AWS CloudFront Monitoring, AWS Frankfurt, ELB Tags, and more 

CloudFront Service Dashboard

We have been pretty quiet on the blog lately. Let’s change that. For starters, I will take this opportunity to highlight some recent enhancements to the Stackdriver service, including monitoring for AWS CloudFront, support for the AWS Frankfurt Region, and integration of tags for Elastic Load Balancers. Please check back soon for more news. AWS […]

These Data Centers are at the Center of the Cloud 

Microsoft Quincy Data Center

You can access a larger version here. People thought that our previous post on this topic was helpful, so we wanted to provide some more insight. We have been looking into the physical side of the cloud– the data centers that Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others use to host the infrastructure that powers our applications. […]

Overview of Public Cloud Regions 

I frequently find myself Googling around to try to figure out which public providers have facilities in a particular region. I finally created a document to keep track. I’ll share it here in the hope that it is helpful to others.

A New Era: Five Things To Look For in a Cloud Monitoring Solution 

Five things you need your cloud monitoring solution to provide

We have been working with several enterprise customers lately who are in the process of building out OpenStack-powered private clouds.  They all have massive legacy environments that are virtualized via VMware. These companies take advantage of the mature management tools provided by their favorite two- or three-letter acronym vendor such as HP, IBM, BMC, EMC, […]

Stackdriver Raises $10M, Launches Intelligent Monitoring for AWS 

Over 400 customers depend on Stackdriver’s Monitoring-as-a-Service solution to optimize performance of their applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Boston, MA – September 18, 2013 – Stackdriver, the provider of intelligent management for cloud-powered applications, today announced that it has closed a $10M round of Series B financing, led by Flybridge Capital Partners, with existing […]

AWS OpsWorks Monitoring – Strengths and Drawbacks 

Today, Amazon announced that they had integrated monitoring into the OpsWorks service. Compared to the initial version of the service, this is a significant step forward and should increase the appeal of OpsWorks for customers who want to combine the existing benefits of AWS with a simple hosted chef offering and OS metric visualization. Here are our initial impressions of the new monitoring feature.

Using Tags to Organize AWS Resources 

Editing S3 Tags

Tagging is an important capability that helps AWS customers streamline the process of managing their environments. In this first in a two-part series, I provide an overview of tagging, describe how one can apply tags to resources, and highlight common tag classes that mature AWS customers employ. In the next post in the series, I will describe how people use tags to streamline management of their AWS resources.