The Importance of Performance Measurement for Ensuring Cloud ROI From Day One to Day 1,000
Moving business operations to the cloud is a transition that has a lot of impact on an organization; it can mean streamlined processes, less IT personnel and overall lower costs. But finding the right cloud provider can be difficult, and when you do find the right provider, you then have to find the right configuration that best meets your needs. Once you implement everything, how can you be sure that you receive the same performance and price/performance on day 1,000 as you received on day one?
Enterprises don’t have a system in place to continuously measure cloud performance. For those that have traditional monitoring tools in place, they are quickly finding that tools for traditional on-premises machines are not cutting it for cloud-based services. Traditional tools do not provide a quality of service (QoS) measurement, and without a QoS measurement tool, enterprises are left in the dark on how to consistently manage their cloud service assurance.
This lack of visibility has most enterprises setting up automatic growth patterns based on a machine’s performance. In this virtualized world, you are creating automatic growth patters based on availability of a machine, not the capability of the machine. In many cases, this leads to cloud capacity – and costs – skyrocketing ahead of workload needs. But without a measurement tool how would enterprises know?
Relying on automatic growth patterns without visibility can be costly, especially when the enterprise is unsure of current performance or price performance and capability. In the past, with on-premises servers, an enterprise was able to view input, usage and QoS, and plan for growth. When using the public cloud, there is not the same visibility to be able to accurately plan for growth without ultimately over or under provisioning.
As an article in SearchCloudApplications.com discusses, it’s difficult enough to monitor and measure private cloud usage, but in a public cloud situation, “what happens when another cloud customer has peak usage requirements and suddenly that takes down or takes over your website because you’re using the same provider?” Because you and the other customer are utilizing a shared and virtualized resource, their computing needs will affect your QoS.
The article further points out that concern over consistent performance isn’t new to the cloud, but as discussed earlier, on-premises data centers made measurement simpler, but how do you manage something virtualized that you cannot measure?
Service Assurance for the Public Cloud
The best thing you can do is to gain visibility into your cloud. This means the ability to see you machines for their output prior to it reaching the app layer so that you can ensure consistent QoS (regardless of the app or region your cloud is hosted in), updates that are made, patches that are deployed, “noisy neighbors,” or any other factors that go into virtualized environments. This also gives you the ability to see under or over utilized and under performing machines. This is known as service assurance.
Our CloudQoS™ platform performance management (PPM) service measures and analyzes the quality of cloud platforms over time to ensure reliable, repeatable, consistent services and can flag under-performing services for optimization. QoS measures are the new generation of business planning, allowing enterprises to make confident business decisions for the entire lifecycle of the cloud.
CloudQoS provides the business tools to measure cloud performance, so that an enterprise can plan more effectively for growth and index and manage hybrid cloud operations. CloudQoS helps measure and manage what’s happening in the cloud to ensure you’re maximizing your machines and getting the same service on day 1,000 as you were on day one. CloudQoS gives enterprises the ability to prune under performing machines, manage workloads between machines, and better provision cloud configurations for your actual needs.
Regardless of updates, patches, and other changes implemented by the cloud service provider, CloudQoS gives enterprises the ability to see their performance and to know what changes to make to optimize the cloud, save money, and have confidence in cloud choices. With CloudQoS, enterprises can migrate to the cloud easier, faster and more effectively, while optimizing machines and managing performance.
In this age of cloud technology, it is becoming clear that there is no real answer to the problem of managing cloud services…that is, until Krystallize’s CloudQoS.